Paul works to advance financial inclusion by leading FSD Kenya's research on consumer insights and digital finance. Since joining FSD Kenya, Paul has focused on honing and sharing insights from the Kenya Financial Diaries Study on how low-income households use financial services to make-ends meet with the overall goal of inspiring solutions that strengthen the link between finance and poverty reduction. Paul also works to develop research partnerships with financial service providers and start-ups to help improve the uptake an usage of financial products and services on the market. Before joining FSD Kenya, Paul worked with the World Bank conducting research on poverty, inequality and employment and provided analytical support for the expansion and targeting strategies of Kenya's social protection programs. Paul also worked with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) studying the flow of international resources supporting health globally. Paul holds a Master's in Public Administration from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.
Kenya’s progress on inclusive financial sector development over the past five years places Kenya at the front of the curve relative to its peers. But beneath its headline success story, falling financial health and growing disparities in financial usage point to underlying challenges that compromise the ability of financial inclusion to deliver on its promise for inclusive and sustainable growth.
Managing your money broadly means deciding how much to set aside for the future and how much to keep handy for short term uses.
The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the resilience of governments, health systems, large companies, small businesses and families worldwide.
Starting with microcredit in the late 1980s, there has been a growing movement of multilateral institutions, private foundations, non-profits, corporations and governments that aims to provide formal financial services to low-income market segments around the world.
Since the launch of M-Shwari in 2012, the number of digital lenders and loans disbursed has grown substantially. Advances in credit scoring, few regulatory barriers and the widespread use of mobile phones and mobile money have enabled growth of the digital lending industry, giving borrowers a quick and convenient option for credit.
This report is the second in a series of studies that measure the cost of banking services in Kenya. It follows the first report that was released in 2017 and constitutes a complementary element in the measurement of the financial inclusion landscape in Kenya.
With its launch in 2007, M-PESA changed the way Kenyans transact with each other. In doing so, impact studies found that it significantly improved the ability of social networks to help people manage shocks
In the past five years, digital loans have transformed the market for credit in Kenya. For millions of adults, the possibility of borrowing from their phones has opened the door to private, formal consumer credit for the first time.
This interactive data visualization tool enables users to explore how over 290 participants from the Kenya Financial Diaries study viewed their lives, money and financial services.
“…fintech innovations need to be more inclusive, easier to use, and designers should work harder to provide greater consumer protection and empowerment.”
This interactive data visualization tool enables comparisons of financial service usage indicators over time for various sub-groups of Kenya’s population.
The last blog in this series argued that using formal account access as the primary yardstick for progress in financial inclusion is a poor navigational tool for stakeholders working to strengthen the link between financial systems and the well-being of populations.
Open a report on – or read the mandate of an organization working in – financial inclusion and chances are that in the introductory paragraph you’ll read a variation of a single sentence that motivates the whole endeavor: “Worldwide, more than 2 billion adults do not have access to an account at a formal financial institution”.
Kenya’s more successful mass market financial solutions have demonstrated the importance of social values by enabling poor Kenyans to manage their money in ways that cultivate their visions of well being.
How exactly do financial services impact low income Kenyans? In this note, we extract the stories of eight respondent households from the Financial Diaries.
This is the second post in a three-post blog series introducing publications from our recently concluded Kenya Financial Diaries update study, conducted with BFA.
Over the next three weeks, we will be releasing three publications based on findings from the Kenya Financial Diaries Update, a follow up study with the Kenya Financial Diaries households.
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