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Private investors to build 23,000-bed hostels in public varsities

Three public universities in Kenya are set to expand student accommodation by more than 23,400 beds after the Treasury approved their requests to let private investors build hostels.

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Premier asks Genesis to investigate lifestyle diseases in Gauteng

Genesis Analytics has been appointed by the Office of the Premier in Gauteng to understand the social, economic and financial impacts of lifestyle diseases in the province.

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Genesis study finds 96% of transactions by SA’s 1.5m informal enterprises are made in cash

More than 51 percent of South Africa’s informal enterprises have encountered strong customer interest in paying by card, yet around 90 percent of them continue to run as cash-only businesses, according to a Genesis study done for Mastercard.

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Genesis to develop HIV and TB comms strategy to improve prevention and care

Genesis Analytics has been asked to develop an HIV and TB communication strategy for the South African Department of Health (DoH) to improve care and prevention.

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Competition Commission asks Genesis to probe school uniform prices

Genesis has been appointed by the Competition Commission to assess the pricing practices of the school uniform retailers in South Africa. 

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Newsletters

Bank's change of identity has sway with consumers

Consumers have associations with banking brands that don't always travel well in cross-border M&A activity. See the results of our Facebook survey of what a change to a bank’s identity would have on their customers' attitudes towards that bank.

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Court ruling gives window for better energy plans

Building new generation capacity is a significant investment. The timing and mix of the capacity are crucial, and carry implications for the economy. Within this context, long-term energy planning is critical. 

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Diaspora bonds test economics of patriotism

Diaspora bonds are in vogue, but why? Investment bankers crow that the Nigerian issue in July was “popular” and “oversubscribed by 130%”, but any issue can be oversubscribed if the pricing is attractive enough.

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Kenya banks wait to see if digital will deliver

Banks are turning towards technology to help navigate increasingly volatile markets, but the evidence of success in this digital journey is still limited in Kenya.

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Stretching a bank's brand a segment too far ...?

A variety of products and services is intended to capture more of the consumer surplus, but there is the danger that a brand can become too stretched as the cost of servicing different segments can exceed their contribution. 

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New Act is a lifeline to Kenyan small enterprises

The passing of the Movable Property Act has the potential to significantly improve the acccess to conventional collateral for Kenya's 153 000 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

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Private equity firms need new focus for African growth

African-focused private equity funds have benefitted from market beta to deliver attractive returns. With these passive forces dissipating, leading firms recognise that they need to change focus.

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Unparalleled opportunities in Africa

Our work in health, agriculture, infrastructure, financial systems, market systems and evaluation and learning has one purpose: to accelerate Africa's development process.    

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Reports & other Documents

Guide to our Evaluation for Development practice

We work to maximise the social and economic impact of development efforts. 

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Knowledge of NCDs does not translate into a healthy lifestyle

Health communication needs to move beyond basic knowledge provision and promotes practical, context-appropriate approaches for achieving a healthy lifestyle. Paper by Julia Michalow (presenter), Bridget Dube, Sarah Magni, Kerry Cullinan, Shuo Wang, Nandita Murukutla at 13th PHASA Conference in 2017

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Condom use at first sex protects young women from pregnancy

Condom use at first sex reduces the likelihood of teenage pregnancy by 62%, according to the study of a retrospective cohort in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Paper by Sarah Magni, Saul Johnson, Bridget Dube, Motlatso Rampedi (presenter) at 13th PHASA Conference in 2017

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Binge drinking and risky sexual behaviours: Addressing the gap for young South African men

There is a known association between alcohol consumption and HIV risk. This study examines the impact of binge drinking on risky sexual behaviour and HIV status in men aged 18-28 years in South Africa. Paper by Sarah Magni and Micah Fineberg (presenter) at 13th PHASA Conference in 2017

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Public attitudes towards sugary drinks and support for government action: Preliminary results

Three out of four adult South Africans believe that government is doing the right thing when it makes and enforces policy to discourage the consumption of sugary beverages and junk foods, according to a survey conducted by Genesis Analytics  for the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA).

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Matamba reviews case for climate-smart agriculture

Genesis climate change specialist Manyewu Mutamba reviews "Climate Change and Agricultural Development", which pesents some of the most progressive and up-to-date thinking on climate-smart agriculture (CSA).

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Genesis starts recruiting graduates for 2018

Every year Genesis recruits the best graduates to become analysts and researchers in the firm. 

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Evaluation of Kenyan project for Helmsley trust

One of the two implementation evaluations that Genesis did for the Helmsley Charitable Trust was of Nuru Kenya’s integrated agriculturally-based development project. The executive summariy presents the project's performance against the OECD’s DAC Criteria for Evaluating Programme performance, as well as the recommendations arising from the evaluation results.

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