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COVID-19 impact-recovery pathways for the economy: Features and implications

As COVID-19 continues to ravage economies across the world, a key point of emerging macroeconomic focus is its variated impact at sectoral level.

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Corona case studies: Loss of income, loss of pride

They were making only about Ksh 4,000 per month (about $40) the last time we saw them in 2015.

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The buck stops with women

How Kenyan mothers are keeping food on the table through the coronavirus crisis

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Challenges facing women and youth grocery retail traders in Kenya

The main objectives of this study was to explore the challenges faced by retail traders in Kenya, specifically women and youth traders, as well as the potential barriers and opportunities for women and youth to use digital solutions in their businesses. The research methodology included both qualitative and quantitative elements including an analysis of survey data and in-depth interviews with retail traders

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Kenya enhances its cash transfer programmes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

As the world reels from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a key lesson it has taught us is the universality of our vulnerability.

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COVID-19 and digitisation: Will digitisation drive inclusion or inequality?

The economic fallout engendered by COVID-19 has already been dire with many going without food and/or accruing different types of debt to stay afloat.

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When hustling fails: The impact of coronavirus mitigation efforts on ordinary people’s livelihoods

Unlike many Kenyans, Esther in rural Makueni is not yet too worried about the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on her livelihood. 

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Kenya household health expenditure and utilization survey (KHHEUS)

The KHHEUS is a national household survey that explores health seeking behavior, the utilization of health services, health spending, and health insurance coverage amongst Kenyan households.

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Kenya financial diaries 2012-2013: Socio-economic and demographic datasets

This data pack contains several files (in .csv and .dta formats) with information collected about households and household members participating in the 2012-2013 Kenya Financial Diaries study.

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Corona case studies: ‘Waiting for nothing’

Agnes, 45, lives in rural Makueni with her children and elderly parents.  She had once been married, but her husband proved an unreliable partner.

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Chart of the week: Where are commercial banks located in the market for savings?

Managing your money broadly means deciding how much to set aside for the future and how much to keep handy for short term uses.

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Dilemmas of distancing

Barriers to coronavirus prevention behaviour change in Kenya

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Understanding drivers of resilience in Northern Kenya in the time of COVID-19: Part 1

Over the past four years, FSD Kenya’s Building Livelihoods programme in Northern Kenya has explored how extremely poor households can be transitioned out of poverty and into sustainable livelihoods through stronger engagements with markets.

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Is financial inclusion adding value for women; or is it the other way around?

This week is financial inclusion week, a good moment to take stock of the multibillion dollar ‘fortune at the bottom of the pyramid’ that has been so successfully reaped by the financial inclusion industry.

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Can platforms and technology accelerate the African Green Revolution?

The agricultural sector in Africa is yet to take off despite being the dominant employer and the key contributor to the gross domestic product (GDP) for most countries on the continent.

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2019 Annual report

The COVID-19 crisis is creating great uncertainty about what the future holds for the economy and well-being of all.

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Back to an empty market

Desperate for income, many Diaries respondents have gone back to work, but find it nearly impossible to earn a living.

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Hustlers: Entrepreneurs whose success we can bank on!

A little over a month ago, we confirmed an exciting hypothesis  that it is actually possible to predict the propensity of success for Kenyan “hustlers” based on data mining and qualitative research

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How COVID-19 has affected digital payments to merchants in Kenya

This is clearly an unprecedented time. Over the past few months, the world has been battling the COVID-19 pandemic which has seen health systems burdened and unable to cope with the rising numbers of infected people.

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Economic prospects for Kenya in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

The infection rate of COVID-19 is as yet low in Kenya, but the economic consequences are already biting.

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Case study: The future of government-to-person (G2P) payments: Innovating for customer choice in Kenya

In 2018, Kenya’s Ministry of Labour and Social Protection launched the newest phase of its social safety net programme Inua Jamii with an audacious goal: provide all beneficiaries with a full bank account and offer them a choice among four financial services providers.

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Corona case studies: Lost without church

Vera (45) lives in an informal settlement in Mombasa.  Usually it is just her at home these days.

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Will COVID-19 make or break community-based finance?

A big question amidst the current COVID-19 has been, how are community-based finance models fairing?

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Opportunities beyond Covid-19: It’s time for Kenya to nurture a fully digital economy

The recent months have been quite surreal for many across the globe.

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“Our love has grown more”

Coronavirus disruptions are giving some Kenyan woman a reprieve from domestic burdens and giving couples a chance to change their marriages

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If the coronavirus doesn’t kill you…

Kenyans’ reflections on security in the time of Covid-19

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Shamba bora (fertile farmland), Shamba la mawe (rocky farmland)

Urban and rural areas are coping to the coronavirus disruptions in different ways

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Corona case studies: Should I stay, or should I go?

Considering urban to rural migration as urban incomes dwindle

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