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The opportunity for financial inclusion in health insurance coverage

In 2019, FSD Kenya and Turaco – a Kenyan microinsurtech startup providing simple, low-cost health and life insurance products to emerging market consumers – collaborated on a three-month pilot project in with a leading digital lender in Kenya. The study found that 80% of respondents were most interested in an in-patient cover to cushion the cost of hospital admissions, saying getting such insurance for free is incentive enough to repay their loans on time. Almost 50% of the treatment group opted in to having insurance payments added to their future loans, citing the idea of low-cost insurance from a financial service provider they know and trust as a key incentive.

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Money to the grassroots: Rethinking agricultural finance models

Why is agricultural sector the least funded sector in Kenya by the formal financial sources despite being the largest sector in terms of GDP contribution (at over 50% GDP contribution directly and indirectly)?

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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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Annual Lectures

5th FSD Kenya Public annual lecture 2019 – Gallery pictures

On 19th November 2019, the 5th FSD Kenya Annual Lecture took place at the University of Nairobi’s Chandaria Auditorium. Dr David Ferrand, a long-time observer of the Kenyan financial sector and former FSD Kenya director was the speaker at this year’s event.

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5th FSD Kenya Public annual lecture 2019 – Slides, Gallery & Documents
Annual Lectures

5th FSD Kenya Public annual lecture 2019 – Slides, Gallery & Documents

On the evening of Tuesday November 19th 2019, FSD Kenya held its fifth annual lecture on financial inclusion at the University of Nairobi’s Chandaria Auditorium.

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Highlights from the 2019 FSD Kenya public annual lecture
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Highlights from the 2019 FSD Kenya public annual lecture

This year’s lecture titled “Financing Kenya: 2020 hindsight for Vision 2030” was delivered by Dr. David Ferrand. David is a long-time observer of the Kenyan financial sector.

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Annual Lectures

5th FSD Kenya Public annual lecture 2019 – Watch Online

On the evening of Tuesday November 19th 2019, FSD Kenya held its fifth annual lecture on financial inclusion at the University of Nairobi’s Chandaria Auditorium.

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Annual Lectures

4th FSD Kenya Public annual lecture 2018 – Invite

The 4th FSD Kenya annual lecture on financial inclusion is set to take place on the 8th of November 2018. This year’s lecture titled, “The inevitable: a glimpse of the future of fintech” will be delivered by Julian Kyula, an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader recognized locally and internationally.

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Annual Lectures

4th FSD Kenya Public annual lecture 2018 – The inevitable: a glimpse into the future of fintech

Internationally recognised tech entrepreneur, Julian Kyula, was the guest speaker at the 4th FSD Kenya Annual Lecture that took place on 8th November 2018 at the Chandaria Center for Performing Arts, University of Nairobi Towers.

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Annual Lectures

4th FSD Kenya Public annual lecture 2018 – Why Fintech matters: Reflecting on FSD Kenya’s work

For us, Fintech only matters if it is helping Kenyans solve real-world problems or seize genuine opportunities.

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Annual Lectures

4th FSD Kenya Public annual lecture 2018 – FSD Kenya unveils Julian Kyula as 2018 annual lecture speaker

FSD Kenya is pleased to announce that its 4th annual lecture on financial inclusion will be delivered by Julian Kyula on the 8th of November 2018.

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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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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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The digital credit revolution in Kenya: an assessment of market demand, 5 years on

Five years after Kenya launched the world’s first digital credit solution, the market for digital credit has expanded rapidly in Kenya and many low-income countries. But exactly how big is the market? Who’s using digital credit? And what impact is it having on low-income customers?

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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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Opportunity for fintech entrepreneurs in africa or south asia

DFS Lab Announces Startup Boot camp in Tanzania, Calls on Applicants to Apply

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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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The unusual dynamics of school fee payment (or non-payment) in a Kenyan school

As we trudged through Kivani Secondary School’s third term student attendance records, one absenteeism after another greeted us. Per our analysis in preparation for Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with selected parents and guardians at the school, the average student missed about 13% of class time. I didn’t give it much thought then.

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