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Innovation ecosystem scoping in the SADC region

Technological innovation is increasingly disrupting traditional sectors and encouraging inclusive economic growth that addresses development challenges within emerging markets. While the SADC region is not far behind in the use of technological innovation to foster growth, it is still trailing in the translation of tech-enabled innovation into meaningful social and economic impact. Product and service […]

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SADC Mobile Money Guidelines Report (English)

Mobile Money has evolved as a utility to provide financial services largely to the unbanked population. Its success in certain emerging markets and countries with unsophisticated banking infrastructure has been unprecedented. The aim of the project is to develop Mobile Money guidelines to assist SADC Member States with principles to facilitate the harmonisation of their […]

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FinScope MSME Survey Malawi 2019 Pocket Guide

The MSME sector is recognised as a significant contributor to economic growth and development and mass employment. With this knowledge, the crucial role of MSMEs in the national economy anchors on the roles of government, the business community and the public at large to harness and optimise the sector’s development. The lack of recent, holistic […]

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FinScope MSME Survey Malawi 2019 Report

The Focus Group Discussion (FGD) Report is based on findings from 6 focus group discussions with over 30 MSME owners who were identified for follow-up qualitative research. The discussions were conducted to better understand the findings derived from the analysis of the completed FinScope MSME Survey Malawi 2019 dataset. The FGDs were conducted in key […]

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MAP MSME Malawi 2019 Survey Report

The Government of Malawi (GoM) has been working towards the development of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. In a bid to boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and support decent job creation, the GoM has designated the private sector as an engine for the country’s economic growth and poverty alleviation. This is evident […]

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MAP MSME Malawi Roadmap 2019 Report

The Malawi Making Access Possible (MAP) for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development Roadmap lays out a vision and implementation framework for the development of the SME sector in Malawi. This Roadmap only focuses on SMEs, and excludes micro-enterprises. This was in recognition that, even though micro enterprises are critical as a major contributor towards […]

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MAP MSME Malawi Diagnostic 2019 Report

This report captures the findings of the country context, demand-side, supply-side, and policy and regulatory reviews. The rest of this chapter describes the approach that was employed and the timelines of the project. Chapter Two provides the macroeconomic, demographic, infrastructure, and political context of Malawi. Chapter Three details the current and expected policy and regulatory […]

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South Africa to the rest of SADC Remittance Pricing report

In the South Africa to the rest of SADC Remittance Pricing report, presented are the findings from a mystery shopping exercise designed to evaluate the current price of remitting from South Africa to other Southern African Development Community (SADC) nations. However, we also included insights into regional regulatory environments and product innovation currently shaping SA […]

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SADC Remittance Values and Volumes 2020 report

Remittances are also an important component of access to finance. Informal remittance markets in many countries are well established but often expose the remitter to delays and the risk of theft and other losses. Formalising these markets is central to the wider objective of improving access to finance in the region, which is central to […]

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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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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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Measuring Progress: Financial inclusion in SADC – 2018...

Financial inclusion is a means to an end – the end being improved household and individual welfare and a positive impact on those activities that contribute to production and economic growth. The latter in turn can have a positive impact on further financial sector development. Access to financial services is highlighted in many of the […]

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Top six insights on Gender from FinScope data across the SAD...

FinScope data analysis has revealed many insights on gender. The analysis shows high levels of exclusion for women in Southern African Development Community (SADC) with a recorded 35% of women excluded, compared with 30% for men. This reflected a gender gap of 5% compared to the global gender gap of 7%. Some of these gender […]

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Achieving Financial Inclusion Goals Through Digital ID in Ma...

Digital Financial Identity has been top of mind for FinMark Trust since the idea was first raised in the SADC FI Forum in July 2017. We followed this up with a Digital Financial Identity Workshop in January 2018, where we delved into the challenges and benefits of a digital financial identity. In mid-July, FinMark Trust […]

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Malawi Digital Financial ID Feasibility Assessment

The World Bank’s ID4D Programme estimates that 375 million adults in developing countries are excluded from formal financial services. This is on account of unavailability of a suitable proof of identity as per know your customer (KYC) requirements (ID4D 2016). This gap can only be bridged by the development of a trusted identity system that […]

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SADC Mobile Money Guidelines

Mobile Money has evolved as a utility to provide financial services largely to the unbanked population. Its success in certain emerging markets and countries with unsophisticated banking infra-structure has been unprecedented. The aim of the project is to develop Mobile Money guidelines to assist SADC Member States with principles to facilitate the harmonisation of their […]

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