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SADA initiative to develop forward-looking economic strategy for SA in digital age

South Africa in the Digital Age (SADA) is an urgent, multi-sectoral, economic strategy development process to charter South African pathways for inclusive growth in the digital age. The process is a joint venture by University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Genesis Analytics and the Pathways for Prosperity Commission.

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Genesis partners on project for more resilient and water-secure Southern Africa

Genesis has been appointed to the long-term monitoring, evaluation and learning role on Resilient Waters, a five-year programme that aims to build more resilient and water-secure Southern African communities and ecosystems.

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Second Behavioural Economics course later this year

The Applied Behavioural Economics (ABE) team at Genesis Analytics will run another course on Behavioural Economics in Action following the success of the two-day workshop in April.

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Bavani Naidoo appointed as a partner in Financial Services strategy

Bavani Naidoo is the new partner in the Financial Services Strategy (FSS) practice at Genesis Analytics. She is an experienced management consultant who specialised in the financial services industry in both South African and the UK.

Her clients have included tier-1 banks, second-tier or challenger banks and other financial service entities such as fintechs or retail brands looking to enter the financial services industry.

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Genesis to host second behavioural economics training workshop

The Applied Behavioural Economics (ABE) team at Genesis Analytics is excited to announce the second introductory behavioural economics training course.

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Newsletters

Africa needs state-supported funding vehicles to sponsor business

Despite their generally weakened financial positions, several African governments are once again flirting with the idea of establishing dedicated SME banks. But is creating dedicated ‘banks’ for SMEs the right strategy?

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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 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. Last week, the CEO Initiative delivered the report and regeneration action plan to President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni. 

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Can mVisa tip the scale of retail payments back in favour of banks?

When a market has adopted a payment standard, a huge marketing effort is required to shift consumer behaviour. Can mVisa tip the scale of retail payments back in favour of Kenyan banks? Genesis associate Tom Magara looks at the experience of mVisa.

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Competition Amendment Bill moves on to National Assembly

The Portfolio Committee for Economic Development approved further amendments to the SA Competition Amendment Bill this week. Our Competition and Regulatory Economics practice has participated closely in the debates over the Bill. The Bill will now be placed before the National Assembly for a vote before heading to the National Council of Provinces.

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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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Reports & other Documents

DIGITAL WORKFORCE: The BUILDING BLOCKS OF KENYA'S GIG ECONOMY

Gig work is gradually changing how Kenya’s workforce accesses jobs, and shifting the access of work opportunities from informal to digital platforms. But where does it leave 15-34 year-olds, who account for 84% of the unemployed in Kenya?

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Youth wave meets tech revolution. And Africa writes a new chapter

Stephan Malherbe, CEO of Genesis Analytics and co-director of South Africa in the Digital Age (SADA), attended the 2019 World Economic Forum in Cape Town to participate in a panel on the impact of the 4IR on South Africa. This is an opinion piece he wrote before the event.

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Read more about the work of Our Shared Value and Impact practice

Our Shared Value and Impact practice works where markets, government and society collide. As the world searches for a more inclusive capitalism, the best companies are able to articulate their social purpose, measure social impact, use commercial models to create shared value, contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, and navigate a robust yet constructive relationship with the state.

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Read more about the work our Health practice does

We work with our clients to develop solutions aimed at improving the health of populations throughout sub-Saharan Africa. We provide experts with decades of experience in the design, implementation, costing and evaluation of health programmes and strengthening of health systems.

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Report on ZIMBABWE INFRASTRUCTURE: Vision for 2030

Zimbabwe has faced headwinds over the past decade resulting in a collapse of the economy. Following the political transition of November 2017, the new government requested the African Development Bank to update the 2011 Zimbabwe Infrastructure Flagship Report, so as to aid in investment planning as part of the vision 2030

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Building payment systems that promote financial inclusion

Genesis was commissioned by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a part of the World Bank, to study the payments infrastructure in East Africa in order to understand how it may facilitate an increasingly integrated regional financial services market.

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Guide to the work of our Financial Services Strategy practice

We help leading financial institutions address their challenges, unlock value for their stakeholders and develop strategies to compete in a fast-changing sector.

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Behavioural economics is effective at driving behaviour change

Behavioural economics is effective at driving behaviour change and is low cost. It has not been used to drive uptake of medical male circumcision (MMC) services in South Africa though. Read our policy brief.

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