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Sizing the grey economy: An improved FinScope MSME methodolo...

The MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise) sector is arguably the biggest employer in many economies, particularly in the developing world, and observed to be the biggest absorber for marginalised segments such as women, youth and poor communities. The broader problem, particularly in developing economies, is the large(r) proportion of informal enterprises that fall below […]

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Zimbabwe Financial Inclusion Forum 2019 Report

Following the launch of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) in March 2016, and half-way through the implementation period, it became necessary to reflect and take stock, learn from experiences to date and refocus activities to ensure attainment of the desired goals and objectives. In this regard, the three major financial sector regulatory authorities in Zimbabwe, […]

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SADC FI Forum 2019

SADC FI Forum 2019 Four years ago, SADC committed itself to regional financial inclusion strategy which seeks to provide a benchmark document that Member States can use in the development and monitoring of their own national strategies. The SADC FI Forum 2019 will provide recommendations on how SADC can move forward in operationalising the strategy […]

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Measuring Progress: Financial inclusion in SADC – 2019...

The MAP country implementation is a key pillar of the SADC Financial Inclusion strategy, implemented with the SADC Secretariat and the SADC Committee for Central Bank Governors (CCBG). The SADC CCBG as part of the 2020 strategy committed to a repository of statistics to measure domestic and regional financial inclusion on the basis of our […]

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SADC Financial Inclusion – Measuring progress

The SADC Financial Inclusion programme at FinMark Trust (FMT) has been compiling monitoring information on financial inclusion indicators in selected SADC countries since 2017. This activity is in partnership with the UNCDF, as part of the SADC Making Access Possible (MAP) programme, which supports financial inclusion through a process of evidence-based country diagnostics leading to […]

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FinScope Benin Youth 2019 dashboard (French)

La majorité des jeunes (76%) trouvent qu’il est difficile de gérer des engagements financiers. En comparaison, le pourcentage de personnes seniors trouvant qu’il est difficile de maintenir des engagements financiers est légèrement plus élevé (79%). En dépit de revenus mensuels moyens plus bas chez les jeunes, une proportion légèrement plus élevée (20%) trouvent plus facile […]

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FinScope Benin Youth 2019 dashboard

The majority of the youth (76%) find it difficult to cope with financial commitments. This compares to the slightly higher proportion (79%) of seniors that find it difficult to keep up with financial commitments. Despite, lower average monthly income among the youth, a slightly higher proportion of them (20%) found it easier to keep up […]

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FinScope Benin Regional Financial Access 2019 (French)

Making Access Possible (MAP) est un outil programmatique visant à soutenir l’élargissement des services financiers aux particuliers et aux micro et petites entreprises. La méthodologie et le processus MAP ont été élaborés conjointement par l’UNCDF, FinMark Trust et Cenfri pour favoriser une croissance inclusive du secteur financier. Au niveau pays, les principaux partenaires du MAP […]

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FinScope Benin Regional Financial Access 2019

Making Access Possible (MAP) is a diagnostic and programmatic framework to support expanding access to financial services for individuals and micro and small- businesses. The MAP methodology and process has been developed jointly by UNCDF, FinMark Trust and Cenfri to foster inclusive financial sector growth. At country level, the core MAP partners collaborate with Government, […]

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FinScope Benin Agriculture 2019 dashboard (French)

L’agriculture est « l’épine dorsale financière » pour plus de la moitié (58%) des ménages au Bénin. Par ailleurs, deux adultes sur cinq tirent leurs moyens de subsistance de l’agriculture. Au-delà de l’agriculture, la diversification des sources de revenus est limitée avec seulement 8% des adultes Béninois dépendant de l’agriculture en tant que seconde source […]

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FinScope Benin Agriculture 2019 dashboard

Farming is the financial backbone for over half (58%) of the households in Benin. Moreover, two in five adults derive their livelihoods from farming. The income source diversification outside of farming is limited with only 8% of the adult Beninese relying on farming as a secondary income source. About 4% of Benin adults rely on […]

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In conversation with Ahmed Cassim

My name is Robert Jones, a Research and Innovation Consultant at FinMark Trust. This week I was afforded the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Ahmed Cassim, Managing Director at Hello Group, to discuss their highly successful cross-border remittances service ‘hellopaisa’. “hellopaisa international money transfer service allows you to send cash to countries across the […]

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Lower documentation requirements; driving greater financial ...

While financial inclusion has risen to 68% globally, Sub Saharan Africa continues to lag with only 32% of its citizens having an account at a financial institution. This translates to over 400 million Africans who are not making use of formal banking and other financial services. One of the greatest impediments to account ownership is […]

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1st SADC Gender Workshop presentations

FinMark Trust, the SADC Secretariat, the SADC Committee of Central Bank Governors, the SADC Banking Association, FSD Mozambique, FSD Zambia and Graça Machel Trust convened a 2-day SADC regional gender workshop which looked to bring together key stakeholders in the women’s financial inclusion agenda including financial sector regulators, ministries of gender/women’s affairs, ministries of finance, […]

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Enquête FinScope auprès des consommateurs Haïti 2018: Pr...

Objectifs de FinScope Haiti 2018 Décrire les niveaux d’Inclusion Financière (c’est-à-dire les niveaux d’accès aux produits et services financiers – formels et informels) Décrire le niveau d’accès au services financiers (c.-à-d. le type de produits et services utilisés par des individus financièrement inclus) Identifier les catalyseurs et les obstacles à l’accès aux produits et services […]

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