FinMark Trust, an independent trust based in Johannesburg, South Africa, was established in 2002, and is funded primarily by UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID) through its Southern Africa office. FinMark Trust’s purpose is ‘Making financial markets work for the poor’. This is done by promoting financial inclusion and regional financial integration as well as institutional and organisational development, in order to increase access to financial services for the un-served and under-served.
In order to achieve this, FinMark Trust commissions research to identify the systemic constraints that prevent financial markets from reaching out to these consumers and by advocating for change on the basis of research findings. FinMark Trust is driven by its purpose to start processes of change that ultimately lead to the development of inclusive financial systems that can benefit all consumers.