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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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Impact evaluation of FSD Kenya’s savings groups project

FSD Kenya commissioned Oxford Policy Management (OPM) to conduct an in-depth impact assessment of their savings groups programmes which were undertaken in collaboration with two international non-governmental organisations, CARE and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

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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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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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The bright continent

Africa is the continent that will experience the effects of climate change first and worst. Which is why, on World Environment Day, we are pleased that Kenya is a leader in both rural electrification and clean energy innovation.

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Blogs and publications
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Graduation pilot: Market assessment and IGA modeling

FSD Kenya and CARE Kenya jointly designed a project for implementation in Laisamis, Marsabit county, applying the graduation approach. The objective of the project is to test use of market based approaches to building the livelihoods of poor households.

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Dataset
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M-PESA panel survey 2008-2014

In order to understand the take‐up, use, and impacts of M‐PESA in Kenya, US based Principal Investigators William Jack (Georgetown) and Tavneet Suri (MIT Sloan School of Management) conducted a set of five surveys across Kenya, starting in yearly between 2008 and 2011, with a fifth survey conducted in 2014 to look at the longer-term impacts of M-PESA.

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Annual lectures
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3rd FSD Kenya Public annual lecture 2017 – John Kay

Over 250 policymakers, industry players, regulators, lecturers, students, financial sector analysts, development practitioners and other guests gathered at the National Museum’s Louis Leakey Auditorium on Thursday 9th February 2017 for the 3rd FSD Kenya annual lecture on financial inclusion.

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Gender & women’s economic empowerment
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Policy expert welcomes new era for financial sector innovation

Kenya’s annual financial inclusion lecture sets out how to protect consumers and drive growth in financial services

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FSD Kenya hosts 2nd lecture on competition and consumer protection

Rafe Mazer, a financial sector policy expert at CGAP, delivered the 2nd Kenya lecture on financial inclusion, organised by FSD Kenya, on Thursday 8th December 2016. 

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Gender & women’s economic empowerment
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The long-run poverty and gender impacts of mobile money

The research is based on a long-term series of five surveys undertaken on M-Pesa in Kenya supported by FSD Kenya and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Annual lectures
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2nd FSD Kenya Public annual lecture 2016 – Rafe Mazer

Policymakers, academics, industry players, donors and other stakeholders gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday 8th December for the 2nd FSD Kenya annual lecture on financial inclusion.

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Blogs and publications
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Testing SME banking in Kenya – a mystery shopping exercise

The financial services sector’s attitude towards small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), is changing. SMEs form a significant part of the potential finance market in most countries, including Kenya.

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The use of borrowed airtime with interest in Kenya

The telecom sector in Kenya has experienced phenomenal growth over the past decade. Mobile phone penetration has topped 90%, with 78% of Kenyan adults now owning a working mobile phone.

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Consumer insights
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From the ghetto to the good Life: Ernest & Greta

Ernest grew up in a rural area in Kenya’s Central region and help from family enabled him to move to Nairobi for accounting studies in 1998 after finishing high school.  He completed Certified Public Accounting training up to section four, but found it hard to get a job.  In 2003, he found himself desperate. 

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Four differences and five similarities of digital credit markets in Kenya and Tanzania

While both Kenya and Tanzania registered fast uptake of digital credit, a new study by FSD Kenya and CGAP with almost 8000 individuals found considerable differences as well as similarities in the adoption and use of digital credit in the two countries.

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Using non-financial services to help banks and businesses build better relationships

How the use of non-financial services can help bankers deliver effective financing.

Poor communication between entrepreneurs and their bankers is often a stumbling block in the delivery of effective financing for enterprise growth throughout the world. The use of non-financial services (NFS) can help with this.

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“The three padlocks”: Digitising the savings groups’ money box

Can digital innovations replicate the “three-padlock” concept of the money box?

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Digital finance
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API best practices

Beneath the surface of many of the disruptive applications we use everyday is a growing web of APIs – application program interfaces that enable applications to “talk” to one another.

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From observations to opportunities: How the voice of the customer can guide innovation

To increase access to finance in the agricultural sector, various players have implemented initiatives to help smallholder farmers and pastoralists to access financial solutions. The many initiatives over time have had varying degrees of success.

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Blogs and publications
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Non-financial services in SME banking

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Financing SME growth in Kenya

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Financing SME growth in Kenya – Briefing note

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Consumer insights
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Chart of the week: The growth of digital banking

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SME banking in Kenya

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