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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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Securing Botswana's water supply for the next 100 years

Genesis Analytics has been appointed the economics and financial specialist on a feasibility project to secure water from Orange River to Botswana, without which Gaborone will run out of water by 2025.

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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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Newsletters

Microfinance bank might be a survival option

For banks in trouble one option to preserve margins would be for smaller commercial banks to convert to microfinance banks (MFBs) that fall outside the jurisdiction of the interest rate capping regime.

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Palace coups set stage for 2018 opportunities

The final months of 2017 will go down in history as a watershed moment in three of Southern Africa’s most important economies: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Angola.

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Genesis celebrates 20 years in business in 2018

We have come a long way since we started as a staff of two in a 59m² office in the Joburg suburb of Blairgowrie. Today we employ more than 120 people in Southern and East Africa in eight practices.

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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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Reports & other Documents

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 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.

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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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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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