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How the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on African live...

The FinMark Trust insight2impact COVID-19 Livelihoods Tracking Survey is now available at covid19tracker.africa. This work was done in partnership with EFInA for data on Nigeria will run over a 10-week period across seven African countries from April to June this year. The first week of surveys commenced with South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. Oluwatomi Eromosele, Research […]

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Using data to mitigate COVID-19’s impact on livelihood...

It is our intention that the insights gained from this information can be used by interested parties, be they government policy makers or civil society organisations, to better plan their response to the COVID19 pandemic No country or continent is untouched by COVID-19; but developing markets will see more short- and long-term negative social and […]

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International Survey on Coronavirus

covid19-survey.org About the research team The research team consists of an international team of academics across ten different international institutions. The investigators are listed below by institutions. University of Warwick: Dr Christopher Roth, Dr Stefano Caria, Dr Thiemo Fetzer (also Visiting Fellow at LSE) Oxford University: Dr Lukas Hensel, Margarita Gómez Princeton University: Dr Johannes […]

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FMT Update: COVID-19

COVID-19 is a reality in our lives. It is manageable if we are responsible and support our staff, stakeholders, friends and family to remain healthy. The reduction of transmission remains key to fighting this tough virus. FMT has embraced the call to action from our president and experts around the world. We’re in this together […]

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South Africa’s informal savings market thrives despite hig...

South Africa’s informal savings market thrives despite high financial inclusion levels – R44 billion collectively saved in approximately 820,000 stokvels. Financial exclusion is not a myth. In low-income countries and areas, financial exclusion is for many an undeniable reality. For communities in these areas their financial services needs are seldom met because financial services are […]

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2019 Annual Report

We revisit our purpose of Making financial markets work for the poor by promoting financial inclusion and inclusive growth in the 2019 Annual Report. At FMT we constantly ask ourselves how we can better impact the lives of the poor in the region. In answering this question, it has become clear that financial inclusion is […]

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FinMark Trust welcomes £10m commitment from UK aid to initi...

 Commitment comes as part of ambitious £320m UK aid package for strengthening Africa’s financial markets, to boost economic growth and reduce poverty at scale. 20 January 2020, London:  FinMark Trust today welcomes a £10m commitment from UK Aid, part of a £320m package that will initiate an ambitious new phase of financial sector development across […]

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FinScope Consumer Survey Gambia 2019 Pocket Guide

The FinScope Gambia 2019 survey is a research diagnostic meant to support the government of The Gambia and UNCDF in developing the National Financial Inclusion Strategy and other related activities. At country level, the survey is a collaboration with Government, other key stakeholders and donors to ensure an inclusive, holistic process. FinScope Gambia represents a partnership […]

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The First SADC Gender Workshop Report

SADC Secretariat, SADC Banking Association, FinMark Trust, FSD Mozambique, FSD Tanzania, FSD Zambia and Graça Machel Trust convened a 2-day SADC regional gender workshop which brought together key stakeholders in the women’s financial inclusion agenda including financial sector regulators, ministries of gender/women’s affairs, ministries of finance, private sector, development partners, gender and financial inclusion experts […]

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The Fourth SADC Financial Inclusion Forum Report

The fourth SADC Financial Inclusion Forum was held this year to further advance the aspirations of the SADC Strategy on Financial Inclusion and SME access to finance. This year’s Forum was held on the 24 – 25th July 2019 at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg South Africa under the theme “From Strategy to Implementation”. This forum […]

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Openi2i has launched

We at FinMark Trust, together with Cenfri, have been working on a new initiative – Openi2i – to share some of the programmatic learnings we’ve discovered from the last 5 years of jointly implementing the insight2impact (i2i) programme. We have partnered with NextBillion to host Openi2i and you can read the latest article by Dumisani […]

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Applying the Risk Based Approach in South Africa Report

The risk based approach is a new practice within the AML/CFT field (since 2012). There exists a uniform and across-the-board perception within the AML/CFT community that remittances (particularly cross-border remittances) are by definition more susceptible to ML/TF risks than are other financial products and services. However, there has hitherto also been a lack of decisive […]

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Inequality in middle income countries: A financial inclusion...

This presentation is on inequality in middle income countries: A financial inclusion lens using FinScope. A large proportions of the population in SADC remain very poor and most people don’t have a formal, consistent income source. The poor are more vulnerable to health shocks, and less able to cope with shocks the poor are less able […]

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Data ecosystem for financial inclusion 2.0 and the real econ...

Often policy makers, regulators and financial service providers are far removed from the realities of the people whose lives we are trying to improve. Data is one of the ways in which we are able to connect financially excluded people to the formal financial sector and thereby improve desirable societal outcomes such as poverty reduction and equality. […]

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SADC FI Forum 2019

View the presentations from delegates at the SADC FI Forum 2019 here

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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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