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Genesis expands expertise in health economics and financing

The Health practice at Genesis Analytics is expanding its expertise in health economics and health financing with the appointment of two experienced Health economists.

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Malherbe to head Competition practice at Genesis Analytics

Stephan Malherbe will head the Competition and Regulatory Economics practice at Genesis Analytics following the appointment of James Hodge as the chief economist of the Competition Commission.

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Genesis to curate strand on 4th Industrial Revolution: Submit your AfrEA abstract now

Genesis Analytics will be curating a new strand, The Fourth Industrial Revolution and its Impact on Development: Implications for Evaluation, at the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) conference, taking place from 11 - 15 March 2019 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. We invite experts working in digital development and practitioners at the forefront of technological innovation for development and evaluation to submit abstracts for this strand.

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We provide support for govt plan of 2,5m male circumcisions by 2022

Genesis Analytics has been awarded a three-year grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the male circumcision programme of the Department of Health in South Africa.

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Financial adviser on DFID project to boost services in Ugandan cities

Genesis Analytics has been appointed PPP and financial adviser for a DFID-funded Cities and Infrastructure for Growth programme in Uganda.

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Newsletters

Our current development work grows as Genesis celebrates 20 years

In the next 20 years, the number of people aged 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa will increase by a 100 million. Genesis works in many of the critical areas in which the prospects for this generation of young people will be determined, including health, agriculture, communications, financial services and youth economic empowerment. This newsletter presents some of our current work. 

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MERL Tech tackles technology and 4th industrial revolution in Jozi

MERL Tech, which has been successful in London and DC, came to Jozi for the first time. Its purpose was to bring together development practitioners at the intersection of M&E and technology to share and learn how we can, together, tackle the fourth industrial revolution and use technology to do our jobs better.

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The digital divide cuts rural poor off from fintech revolution

Richard Ketley asks whether in all the hype about fintech we have lost track of the importance of finding ways to support mobile network operators to establish the infrastructure required for mobile money and to encourage regulators to balance the reward for investment in mobile money while preventing excessive pricing. 

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Proposals to avoid negative consequences of Competition Bill

Genesis has proposed a number of changes to the economic provisions in the SA Competition Amendment Bill to avoid the potentially large negative unintended consequences of the current Bill, while still achieving the objective of assisting SMEs and firms owned/controlled by historically disadvantaged persons to participate in the economy. 

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Cash is likely to stay with South Africans for a long time

Much has been written about the growth of the cashless economy, but new product innovations are giving South African consumers fewer and fewer reasons to open or maintain a bank account. Cash, it seems, is making a comeback.

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Wastewater re-use can improve water Sustainability and Security

Rapid urbanisation and industrial growth are exacerbating demand for water but also generating increased volumes of wastewater/effluent that can be re-used by industry. 

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Giving SA youth the digital confidence for 4th industrial revolution

Digital technology is transforming economies and the world of work in profound ways. Traditional jobs are being transformed while new forms of work are being created. But is South Africa preparing young people to find employment in the fourth industrial revolution?

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CLARITY ABOUT WHEN DOMINANT FIRMS PREDATE – AND WHEN THEY DON’T

The Competition Appeal Court’s recent decision in the Media24 case has brought clarity to the law of predatory pricing in South Africa – the practice of dominant firms cutting prices to levels where equally efficient competitors cannot compete and ultimately exit the market. 

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Reports & other Documents

CREATING JOBS THROUGH ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

Our Evaluation for Development practice conducted a review of the Jobs Fund's enterprise development (ED) portfolio to capture lessons around which models work best and why. We broke down the programmes into five core elements, and identified four key success drivers in SA. Check out this learning brief for more:

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Landscape Mapping for Impact Measurement and Management in SA

The research into the impact measurement and management landscape in SA conducted by Genesis Analytics and Impact Amplifier, presents key findings in an interactive format, accompanied by a supplementary guide to support your IMM efforts. 

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The paradox that more data poses for investors making decisions

Data – it’s the buzzword of the 21st century and it’s getting bigger and bigger, but for investors, more data does not necessarily mean better investment decisions. Genesis partner Neil Lightfoot questions our ability to use this data in making better investment decisions.

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Report to UN in support of 10 Principles of Global Compact

Genesis Analytics is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. This report re-confirm the firm's continued support of the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact with respect to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

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THE UNSEEN SECTOR: A REPORT ON THE MSME OPPORTUNITY IN SOUTH AFRICA

Small enterprises employ between 50 and 60% of South Africa’s work force and contribute around 34% of GDP, but they have been relatively stagnant over the past decade. Genesis Analytics worked with the World Bank and the IFC to produce "The Unseen Sector” report, an in-depth assessment of the micro, small and medium enterprise landscape in South Africa and opportunities to support the sector’s growth. Read more about what can be done to grow this sector.

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Evaluative tools in impact investing: 3 case studies on theories of change

Impact investing is becoming one of the largest forces in driving social and environmental change globally. However, how one defines, measures and communicates this impact is not well defined or consistently implemented. Members of the Evaluation for Development practice examine three case studies in the African Evaluation Journal.

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Our Agribusiness and Market Development practice

Our Agribusiness, Climate Change and Market Development practice works across the design-and-implement project spectrum, combining deep technical expertise with context-specific knowledge and management. 

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Action plan to regenerate South Africa's rust belt on the Vaal

On behalf of the CEOs’ Initiative, Standard Bank asked Genesis Analytics to work with the largest companies in the Vaal Region and four public sector partners to prepare a joint Action Plan to bring business and government together to address the decline of the Vaal Region and prevent it from becoming the “rust belt” of South Africa. This trend mirrors the decline of manufacturing in South Africa over the past 10 years.

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