Covid-19

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“Maybe someone is out there fighting for you.”

In this series of mini-interviews, researchers and respondents in the Kenya Financial Diaries reflect on their experiences. 

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A bridge too far? Paying for school in an economic crisis

Parents across Kenya are receiving ambiguous messages about the timing of school re-openings amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Annual Lectures

A glimpse into how scarcity shapes life in Kenya

The year 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as the point in time when COVID-19 paralysed the world.

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How are things now? Summary of September/October COVID diaries findings

Between 7 September and 14 October, our team spoke with 207 participants from the Kenya Financial Diaries, tracing the ways COVID-19 was impacting their lives.

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Investors and Indigents: Divergent trajectories of Kenyans in the COVID era

As we completed a new round of COVID-19 Diaries interviews in mid-October, we noticed a shift in the story of economic hardship.

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Finance bends; will it break?

On average, families in the Kenya Financial Diaries started to see improvements in their economic situation as of October 2020, but incomes are still far from normal.

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Set sights on informal sector recovery

The Covid-19 pandemic is throwing a curved ball at us. It has made planning virtually impossible.

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Njoroge’s story: How Kenya’s informal economy is struggling in the shadow of COVID-19 and graft

After several years of “hustling,” my friend Njoroge saved money enough to construct his own little fruit shack in the Hurlingham suburb of Nairobi.

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Combining new and traditional mechanisms in Northern Kenya to cope during COVID-19

In mid-July we interviewed a subset of FSD Kenya/CARE’s Building Livelihoods programme beneficiaries in Northern Kenya to understand the extent to which resources built up through the programme are supporting resilience of beneficiary households during COVID-19, and how these compare and interact with traditional pastoralist coping mechanisms.

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Debts in distress: how ordinary people are finding the liquidity they need to survive COVID

“Things are getting bad,” Vanessa told us. When we spoke with her in late June, her family had just about run out of food and were waiting for the next harvest.

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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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The buck stops with women

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

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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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Publications

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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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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Imagining Post-COVID recovery

When we spoke with Benson in April, he was feeling optimistic about getting through the COVID-19 crisis unscathed.  He worked in a factory that manufactured paper products, and toilet tissue was in high demand.  He was sure he would keep his job.  In June, like many of our respondents, his outlook was gloomier.

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FSD Kenya and BFA webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on low-income Kenyans
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FSD Kenya and BFA webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on low-income Kenyans

FSD Kenya and BFA Global held a webinar on the economic and social impact of COVID-19 on low-income households in Kenya on the afternoon of Thursday, June 11th, 2020.

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Social protection

Corona case studies: ‘Running out of options’

After three months of Covid-19 restrictions, Jennifer’s economic options have run out.  She is five months pregnant, and the baby’s father has blocked her calls.  She hasn’t been able to pay rent in three months and worries that she and her children are on the verge of eviction.

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Annual Lectures

Julie Zollman to deliver FSD KENYA’s 2020 annual lecture

The annual lecture is FSD Kenya’s flagship event. Held every year since 2015, the annual lecture highlights new thinking and raise cutting edge issues in the field of financial inclusion.

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Coronavirus

Webinar: The impact of COVID-19 on Financial Diaries respondents in Kenya

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, FSD Kenya and BFA Global have been working to understand the human impacts—social, financial, and economic—by conducting qualitative phone interviews with previous respondents from the Kenya Financial Diaries.

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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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