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The story of M-Akiba: Selling Kenyan treasury bonds via mobile

On 30th June 2017, M-Akiba, a Kenyan government bond sold through the mobile phone, was launched.

After many years, the involvement of many partners and many iterations, M-Akiba, a Kenyan government bond sold through the mobile phone, was launched in 2017.

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Why is mobile money interoperability important for Kenya?

The rise of a new dawn in Kenya’s payments system

Eleven years after mobile money started in Kenya, a new dawn is rising – that of open and interoperable systems. Just as you can call people on any network in Kenya seamlessly, you can now send money across mobile money networks seamlessly.

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Tackling poverty in rural Kenya through community-owned village banks

Why FSAs are the preferred financial service providers in Kitui.

The popularity of graduation programmes as the means to ending extreme poverty is growing globally.

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Light at the end of the tunnel: building livelihoods under tough conditions

“We have been working towards this moment for a long time. With the bank loans just a few weeks away we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.” 

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Kenya’s digital credit revolution 5 years on

Digital credit has become a leading source of credit in Kenya. Who is using digital credit and what impact is it having on low-income customers?

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What can financial providers learn from chamas?

Why informal financial groups fundamentally embody key features of how Kenyans want their money to work to help them live well

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Beyond big data: how can we learn more about our clients?

The financial services for the poor, or more specifically financial inclusion, industry has realised in the recent past that more and better information about its target client-base is essential to delivering services effectively.

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Who’s getting financial inclusion funding in Sub-Saharan Africa?

For the first time in over a decade, Sub-Saharan Africa is a top priority for international funders investing in financial inclusion, with 30 percent of all active projects focused on the region.

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Design that can be understood by almost everyone: the case of IKEA and seed insurance

“…fintech innovations need to be more inclusive, easier to use, and designers should work harder to provide greater consumer protection and empowerment.”

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What do Kenyans really want from financial service providers?

Insights into the social value of financial services

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Women, men and youth and the adoption of mobile money in Kenya

Today, mobile money has managed to penetrate over 70% of the Kenyan population, with more people claiming access to services such as Safaricom’s M-Pesa than ever before.

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Why disruptive innovation in the financial sector can benefit poor people

Meaningful financial solutions can help poor people manage day to day, deal with risk and invest in the future.

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Building a better compass: Creating financial inclusion measures that are allied with people and their well-being, Part 2

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.

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Building a better compass: creating financial inclusion measures that are allied with people and their well-being, Part 1

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”.

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10 Things You didn’t know about Financial Access

Financial access is accelerating

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The use of mobile money technology: a dividend or disaster for FSAs?

This is the third blog in a series about Financial Service Associations (FSAs) and their potential for growth and customer value creation based on an FSD Kenya commissioned survey by BFA.  Read the first blog here: Financial services associations: an imperfect solution and the second blog here: FSA asset financing: when paying more yields more.

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FSA asset financing: when paying more yields more

This is the second blog in a series about Financial Service Associations (FSAs) and their potential for growth and customer value creation based on an FSD Kenya commissioned survey by BFA. The survey took place in 2017 in Bamba, Kakeani and Mukuyuni and involved in-depth interviews with over 60 respondents including customers, their non-member neighbours and FSA staff. 

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Financial services associations: an imperfect solution

This is the first blog in a series about financial services associations based on an FSD Kenya commissioned survey by BFA.

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In Kenya, bank accounts again more popular than m-pesa – why?

Retail banks can still thrive in the face of mobile money, as long as they are prepared to adapt

This blog was originally published by CGAP.

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10 things you didn’t know about financial inclusion in Kenya

Financial inclusion is growing, and fast. Kenyans excluded from any form of financial service dropped from over 40% of adults to 17% between 2006 and 2016.

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Unlocking fintech innovation with domestic capital

n May 2017, I had the honour of being on a fascinating Euromoney panel about expanding the digital financial ecosystem. One of the many topics that we discussed was the dearth of debt financing available for fintechs and start-ups limiting the potential for scale.

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How much does it cost to run bank accounts in Kenya?

Although this question seems simple and straightforward, answering it is more difficult than it looks.

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Why price transparency in banking is good business

Banking remains the largest sub-sector by assets and the most systemically significant in Kenya’s financial services sector. Developments, especially those enabled by technology, have brought a sizeable number of new, mostly poorer and vulnerable first-time consumers into the market.

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The Future of Finance: Kenya’s Youth

Steps to a financial future where there are as many financial opportunities as there are young people.

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Young Money: Why Kenyan youth know everything, and nothing, about finance

Kenyans are learning about money earlier than you might think: as early as four or five they’re picking up financial lessons from their parents. By 18, almost a third have mobile money accounts.

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With great opportunity comes great risk: Keeping up with Kenya’s population boom

Africa’s population is growing faster than anywhere else in the world. More than half of global population growth between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Africa and of the additional 2.4 billion people projected to be added to the global population between now and 2050, 1.3 billion will be in Africa.

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Unlocking opportunities for the poor, Part two

Our first blog in this series discussed the Hunger Safety Net Programme and savings groups (SGs), for which we’ve also sought to use market based approaches. Part Two, discusses the use of a market based approach in graduation programmes.

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Leveraging Kenya’s informal sector for growth

Finance helps economic growth, and in turn, job creation.

Today is the first annual International Day for small and medium sized enterprises.

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Unlocking opportunities for low income households – Mechanisms of behaviour change

The impact of the recent six-month drought is readily apparent. The earth is dry and cracked and most of the trees and shrubs are barren. Riverbeds are full of dried branches and the livestock that roam the area are but skeletons, with many dead along the road.

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Return on Investment: Making Remittances Work for Africa

Vibrant social networks are what make Kenya unique and modern technology is making them functional.

Friends and family make for a happier and more fulfilled life but in Kenya, they’re also the key to survival.

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