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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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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 […]

Inclusion Policy Coordination and Advocacy
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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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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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SADC FI Forum 2019

SADC FI Forum 2019 Four years ago, SADC committed itself to regional financial inclusion strategy which seeks to provide a benchmark document that Member States can use in the development and monitoring of their own national strategies. The SADC FI Forum 2019 will provide recommendations on how SADC can move forward in operationalising the strategy […]

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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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