News & Insights - 2020


We continue to support UK’s flagship family planning plan

Genesis has been contracted by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) to conduct the second round of client exit interviews (CEIs) for family planning clients in 17 countries in Africa and Asia through the WISH2 project.

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How to keep your employees engaged using Behavioural Economics

Businesses around the world are facing uncertainty and numerous factors out of their control - or at least think are out of their control. Whether employees are back in the office or still working from home, their engagement with their work during these trying times could be better.

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What we have learned about pricing payments during COVID-19

Much has been written about the accelerated adoption of digital payments during the COVID-19 crisis. Sometimes the data has been muddy. A rising share of digital payments in a shrinking market may still result in a fall in volumes.

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South Africa is not experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 (yet)

We can prevent a second wave by continuing to communicate the importance of mask-use and physical distancing, and by implementing an aggressive test and trace programme, especially in areas which seem to have spikes of COVID-19 infections.

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COVID-19 Cases Are Rising: Why aren't we sticking to the rules?

South Africa reported the highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in over a month on 10 October 2020. Two Behavioural Economics concepts help explain why South Africans are increasingly ignoring social distancing rules.

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Glass half full or half empty: How Do Stories Affect Economic Value?

The global economic lockdown has made sticking to a well-diversified portfolio difficult: while we watch our efficiently allocated portfolios take a hit, our risk-seeking peers take concentrated positions in video-conferencing stocks and watch their wealth soar.

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Our Health team at the first virtual 23rd International AIDS conference

Our Health team participated in the virtual 23rd International AIDS Conference last week when we presented three posters of our work on HIV prevention and chaired a satellite symposium.

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COVID-19 pandemic: Is hoarding really as irrational as it's made out to be?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyday life as we know it. The panic that set in among shoppers all over the world was a clear marker of just how uncertain and fearful people were becoming about their future.

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Genesis continues to manage UNAIDS technical support programme

Genesis will continue to manage the East and Southern African region of the UNAIDS technical support mechanism (TSM) from 2020 to 2022, following a successful first two years in partnership with Oxford Policy Management.

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Looking for best practice to protect young girls from HIV

Genesis has been contracted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to research best practice in mentoring programmes that can protect adolescent girls and young women from being infected by HIV.

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Covid-19 pandemic: We must plan using models, act on actual data

Models need to be adjusted by actual measurements, like the actual number of people who are dying from the disease. This means that models tend to be more inaccurate in the beginning, but get better at making predictions over time.

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All the George Floyds: Genesis condemns racism and injustice

Genesis Analytics condemns racism and all forms of injustice. We are further committed to creating a safe environment for honest conversations about race and how we can effectively upend the systemic racism that many of our team members experience every day.

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Genesis launches two new ways to view the COVID-19 Epidemic

Genesis Analytics has launched two important and useful new tools for looking at and understanding the Covid-19 epidemic. This comes amid daily predictions and models that tell us how severely the Covid-19 epidemic will become in South Africa, as well as the rest of the continent.

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Genesis part of initiative to guide SA business in return2work

The Return2Work Initiative offers businesses clear and simple step-by-step guidance on re-opening and staying open, incorporating the key legal requirements and tools to minimise infection and maximise compliance. The initiative is led by Genesis Analytics, BSA, the PPGI and Harambee.

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Are we asking the right questions about unlocking the SA economy?

Genesis CEO Stephan Malherbe joined economists and business leaders at the CDE webinar on unlocking the South African economy. Malherbe argued that the more ready business is, the sooner the economy will be unlocked and that is why initiatives like are so important.

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Africa’s individual Covid-19 epidemics require unique responses

Africa has just over 34,800 cases of Covid-19. While this is a large number, it pales in comparison with other regions of the world. It is increasingly important for African countries to assess their own epidemics, and not feel pressured to apply a “one size fits all” approach, no matter who is advising them

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A data-first mindset will arm Africa against the pandemic

As the Covid-19 pandemic evolves in Africa, the desire for certainty, a deluge of global information and scarcity of authoritative findings all create the risk of misinformation. As with written news on the pandemic, we need to be responsible in how we consume and share data.

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Investments in EdTech: Looking beyond the COVID-19 lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive disruption to education globally, forcing school systems across the world to close. As mitigation measures are considered to preserve education outcomes, the discussion has largely revolved around the role that education technology (EdTech) can play in enabling remote learning.

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Cloud-computing solutions can reduce banking costs in Africa

More than 700 million Africans lack access to a bank or mobile money account and only 41% of Africans are financially included. A new report Cloud Banking in Africa: The Regulatory Opportunity, by Genesis Analytics and Orange Business Services, outlines how cloud computing in financial services can help financial services providers reach and serve the poor.

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Helping governments make tough calls in COVID age

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis is dramatic in terms of immediate loss of human life and many families suffer profoundly. While the epidemic rages across the world, all efforts should now be focused on preventing the worst scenarios from coming true.

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The six steps needed to control the Covid-19 epidemic

Epidemiologists are worriers. We like to think of ourselves as warriors, of course, but if you spend your professional time counting illness and deaths you worry a lot about diseases like COVID-19. Head of the Health practice Saul Johnson outline the six steps we need to take.

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Bridging the digital divide is crucial in the battle against Covid-19

Any doubts as to the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic ended when South Africa went into a full-scale lockdown. Manager of Digital Economy team Mark Schoeman writes that none will feel it more than our country’s poor who do not have access to the digital coping strategies that are being put forward.

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Using behavioural economics to change behaviour in Nigeria, Kenya

Genesis is working with the National Orientation Agency in Nigeria and the Ministry of Health in Kenya to provide daily nudges on how, through social media, to avoid COVID-19.

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Sarah Magni has been made a partner in our Health practice

Genesis Analytics is pleased to announce that Sarah Magni has been promoted to partner in our Health practice. Sarah has worked at Genesis for four years. Prior to that she has held leadership positions in the health sector for over a decade.

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Genesis to establish a South to South HIV Learning Network

Genesis has been awarded a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a South to South learning network for HIV prevention. The project aims to help heavily affected countries reduce the number of new HIV infections, which currently stands at over 1.7 million infections a year.

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​South Africa can create 500,000 new jobs over 10 years through globally traded services

South Africa can create 500,000 new jobs over 10 years through globally traded services. This was one of the key findings of the South Africa in the Digital Age (SADA) process. SADA is an urgent multi-stakeholder initiative to develop a forward-looking digital economy strategy for the country. It is convened by Genesis Analytics in partnership with the Gordon Institute of Business Science and the Pathways for Prosperity Commission at Oxford university.

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