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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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Legal Regulatory Framework Payments SADC in 14 States

This report is a reformatted version of the approved SADC Payment System Subcommittee and Committee of Central Bank Governors (CCBG) Legal Subcommittee as the first step in a long journey towards a harmonised legal and regulatory framework for payments in the SADC, done in August 2014.

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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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The Impact of Remittances in Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe

Households in sub-Saharan Africa have a long tradition of cross-border migration and associated remittances. During periods of economic or political instability, or simply when opportunities at home are scarce, the funds remitted by migrants are a lifeline that can help keep food on the table, children at school, and roofs over heads. However, from an […]

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Agricultural Subsidies in SADC Countries

FinMark Trust has commissioned this research as part of its broader mandate to improve financial inclusion of the poor. In this case, given the significance of the agricultural sector in most Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the stated purpose has been to assist SADC and SADC states to make informed decisions regarding the payment […]

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Malawi MAP Diagnostic 2015 Report

Making Access Possible (MAP) is an evidence based multi-country initiative to support financial inclusion, conducted by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), FinMark Trust and the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri), in consultation with the Ministry of Finance-led MAP Malawi Steering committee. The MAP diagnostic informs a roadmap that provides detailed and […]

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FinScope Malawi 2014 survey results brochure

FinScope Malawi is designed to involve a range of stakeholders engaging in a comprehensive consultation process, thereby enriching the survey and ensuring appropriateness and buy-in. The survey was carried out under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance and fully funded by FinMark Trust. A Steering Committee chaired by the Ministry of Finance was set […]

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FinScope Consumer Survey Malawi 2014 Presentation

The objective of the FinScope Consumer Survey Malawi 2014: To describe the levels of financial inclusion (i.e. levels of access to financial products and services – both formal and informal) To describe the landscape of access (i.e. the type of products and services used by financially included individuals) To identify the drivers of, and barriers to […]

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Understanding financial cooperatives in South Africa, Malawi...

FinMark Trust commissioned Genesis to better understand the role and use of co-operative financial institutions (CFIs) as viable alternatives to the commercial banking sector for accessing financial services for lower income individuals in South Africa, Malawi and Swaziland, as well as best practices in the sector. Interpretation of the Terms of Reference Based on the […]

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Malawi country report presentation on the Status of Agricult...

FinMark Trust commissioned the Centre for Inclusive Banking in Africa (CIBA) at the University of Pretoria to design and oversee studies to document and evaluate the current state of agricultural and rural financial services in southern Africa, more specifically in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The last phase of the project was […]

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Challenges and opportunities in promoting savings among low ...

Johannesburg, 26 February 2014: FinMark Trust, in partnership UNCDF, UNDP in Malawi and through the ‘Support to Financial Inclusion in Lesotho’ (SUFIL) recently conducted a study to comprehensively document the savings landscape in Lesotho, Malawi and South Africa. The aim of the study is to understand the challenges and opportunities in promoting savings among low […]