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Genesis appoints manager to liaise with North American donors

Naheed Hassan has been appointed Engagement Manager with donor organisations and foundations in North America by Genesis Analytics.

Hassan is based in Toronto, Canada, and will be the point of contact for our growing set of North American clients, from business origination through to project delivery.

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Genesis supports communication for change conference

The Health practice at Genesis Analytics is supporting the first Southern African Communication for Change conference.

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Genesis Analytics continues to contribute to SGB sector-building in South Africa

ANDE presented Genesis Analytics with a member award for sector building in the area of metrics.

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Without decisive action digital revolution could fuel global gender inequality

Is technology both the saviour and saboteur of young people’s futures? It helps young people to transcend the physical, social, and economic barriers that stand between them and a decent job, but at the same time, advances in automation and artificial intelligence could combine to see two-thirds of workers worldwide replaced by machines.

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Genesis team heads to International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam

The Health team presented work at the 22nd International AIDS Conference that took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in July 2018. 

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Newsletters

Key lesson from Kenya: Cash is still king

Since the end of 2016, 18 Kenyan commercial banks had contracted 53,833 agents - up from 23,477 agents in December 2013 - who facilitated transactions valued at KES 734billion during the course of the year.

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Nigeria takes the lead with real-time EFT platforms

There is a payments revolution currently taking place in Nigeria spearheaded by Nigeria Instant Payments (“NIP”) and its younger sibling, mCash, which is used for low-value transactions between merchants and consumers. 

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Safety, technology does not always trump convenience

Uganda's SafeBoda service shows much can be achieved by fintech in Africa, but it also highlights the danger of trying to replicate a business model without fully understanding the nature of local demand. 

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Aussie app takes us a step further towards cashless society

In South Africa it is common practice for shopping malls to charge for parking, but none have been enabled for near-field communications or NFC. For those of us who seek to live cashless the consequences are considerable.

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Shared meaning through Appreciative Inquiry

Overcoming organisational cultures and moving towards shared meaning with Appreciative Inquiry: Kirsten Mulcahy of the Evaluation for Development practice shares experiences from two projects on the AEA365 blog.

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Should Kenya's govt be competing for retail savings market?

There has been little demand for the innovative, easy to use  M-Akiba payments product in Kenya.  As economists who study savings behaviour, we at Genesis Analytics are not surprised.  

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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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Reports & other Documents

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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Vaal Region Rejuvenation Project: Information pack

The Vaal Region Regeneration Action Plan is a possible partnership between business and government to turn around the deindustrialisation of the Vaal Region. The Vaal has traditionally been South Africa’s heavy industrial, manufacturing and engineering hub. However, owing to an array of reasons, which are explored in this information pack, the region has suffered from falling output and company closures.

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Impact of technology on barriers to industrialisation

In the next two decades, technology will redraw the manufacturing map of the world. As legacy factors such as geography and starting conditions become less important, other factors will be pivotal to manufacturing location. This establishes a clear agenda for countries aspiring to join the ranks of manufacturing exporters, writes Genesis Analytics founder Stephan Malherbe in a background paper for Oxford's Pathways for Prosperity Commission.

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SA COMPETITION AMENDMENT BILL: B version of the Bill is published

The SA Competition Amendment Bill was tabled before Parliament in July and was the subject of public hearings before the Portfolio Committee for Economic Development in late August.  On the basis of those hearings and further engagements with the Ministry, the Committee approved further amendments to the Bill on 16 October 2018. Download B version of the Bill, which will now be placed before the National Assembly for a vote before heading to the National Council of Provinces

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Committee report on the SA Competition Amendment Bill

The SA Competition Amendment Bill was tabled before Parliament in July and was the subject of public hearings before the Portfolio Committee for Economic Development in late August.  On the basis of those hearings and further engagements with the Ministry, the Committee approved further amendments to the Bill on 16 October 2018. Download the Committee report. 

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Airbnb in South Africa: The Positive Impact of Healthy Tourism

Genesis was contracted by Airbnb to measure the economic impact of the online accommodation marketing platform on tourism in South Africa. Since its founding, 2 million guests have arrived at listings on Airbnb in South Africa, and 3.5 million across Africa as a whole, with roughly half of these arrivals occurring in just the past year.

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Inclusive digital revolution can increase gender equality for youth

Genesis co-authored a collaborative report for the World Bank's Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) on the design and implementation of gender-inclusive digital jobs interventions for youth -  without which the global digital revolution might turn out to be a big backward step for global gender equality.

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Health practice presents three projects at global AIDS conference

Our Health practice presented three posters at the 21 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. “What women want: Branding a new HIV-prevention vaginal ring using a user-centric design approach” was based on two dapivirine (DPV) vaginal-ring branding studies. Genesis also presented work with the Centre for Communication Impact (CCI) and Soul City Institute for Social Justice.

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