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Expression of Interest: Consultancy services for i2i midterm...

The purpose of the mid-term review is to learn from the i2i implementation experience and provide an objective review of the project objectives achieved and an assessment of its performance to date1. A strong emphasis will be placed on learnings derived, against a set of learning questions, as well as determining what the contribution made […]

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Using FinScope to support the formulation and implementation...

Access to reliable and regularly updated information on the financial sector is important for formulating and monitoring the impact of financial sector policy on financial market development and conduct. The availability and quality of such data varies from country to country. Sources usually include financial sector providers, the regulators, government statistics, academia, donor projects, international […]

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Ever wondered why you need so many documents before you can ...

These requirements are a legacy of regulations meant to ensure that the financial system is sound and is not abused for fraud, money laundering or the financing of terrorism. However, they have unwittingly contributed to the continued exclusion of many of the most vulnerable members of society from the financial system. Anyone who has tried […]

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The Many Faces of Social Exclusion

Despite progress around the world, many people continue to face social exclusion. While not a cure-all, financial services have the potential to connect them to more opportunities. Meet Aminata, a young Senegalese woman in her late teens. She lives with her parents and four siblings in Kedougou, a small town in southeastern Senegal. Aminata completed […]

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The Face of Social Exclusion Infographic

Despite progress around the world, many people continue to face social exclusion (i.e., limited access to social and economic opportunities). While not a cure-all, financial services have the potential to connect them to more opportunities. For example, evidence shows that financial services have a direct impact on health, education, gender equality and food security. If […]

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Exciting Internship within Information and Research at FMT

An exciting internship opportunity within FinMark Trust (FMT) has arisen. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Information and Research on different research projects and other research activities. The intern should be highly driven, with a passion for research, data analysis, data management and reporting, high levels of curiosity for solving complex […]

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Financial Digital Identity: Landscaping a digital financial ...

This report by David Porteous of Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA) from the FinMark Trust Digital Identity workshop sets out a framework for defining digital financial identity and its general use cases. The report follows on to consider the current available information about drivers and needs in the SADC identity environment before describing examples of solutions positioned on the digital […]

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Data and Analytics Business Development Manager

A dynamic and results oriented Data & Analytics Business Development Manager is required to lead this new position for FinMark Trust (FMT). The successful candidate will work closely with the CEO to develop, coordinate and implement a Data and Analytics revenue & funding Strategy for FMT. FMT has been a data pioneer in Financial Inclusion […]

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Remittance Factsheet

Remittance markets comprise both an important means of supporting impoverished communities, and a commercial opportunity for financial sector operators. In migrant heavy communities, remittance products can be the most important form of financial service provided, which is often disproportionately benefits female-headed recipient households. In 2012 FinMark Trust commissioned an exercise to estimate the size of […]

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Research Report on Mobile Money in South Africa

The research report study focused on the factors that drove the termination of mobile money services in South Africa focusing on the institutional environment, market environment, end user environment and adoption and availability. The secondary objective was to identify barriers to launching effective mobile financial services (MFS) in South Africa with a specific focus on […]

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Terms of Reference: Financial Inclusion Specialist

FinMark Trust (FMT) is an independent trust established in 2002 with the objective of making markets work for the poor. Initial core funding was provided by UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID) through its Southern Africa office. Recently additional funders have come on board including the UNCDF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, […]

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#BlackFriday blues!

we buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like”. This holds particularly true for financially stressed South African consumers. A famous quote by Dave Ramsey states “we buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like”. This holds particularly true […]

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Closing the gap between uptake and usage of financial produc...

Why is it that 80 percent of bank account holders in Madagascar only use their accounts once a month or less?What makes the parents of a child requiring unforeseen medical treatment in the DRC choose to approach their mutualitée(a local form of informal mutual aid society) for a loan despite access to a microfinance institution or local bank?If […]

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The joy of mobile survey design

Written by Shirley Jeoffreys-Leach. Shirley is a researcher within the data team at the insight2impact (i2i) data facility. I designed a mobile survey today and really enjoyed it. You might be thinking: of course it is satisfying, it is easy. But that really isn’t the case. Mobile surveys, and in this case SMS mobile surveys, require a different approach, […]

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