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    Help us determine impact of AI, automation on agri-food systems

    The Gates Foundation and USAID have partnered with Genesis Analytics to determine the impact of AI and automation processes on agri-food systems in low and middle income countries. We want to identify use cases across various regions and agri-food value chains which make use of these technologies. The RFI contains a brief overview of the assignment and a short questionnaire. Please download this RFI to assist Genesis in gaining insights on use cases and examples of the applications of AI and automation in agri-food systems.

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    Investing in a greener continent

    Predicting the future involves a lot of educated guessing. When it comes to investing in Africa, most of the guessing is based on a common set of indicators that are often used to characterise the health and stability of an economy. These include Gross Domestic Product, a country’s predicted growth, its population size, and measures related to the business environment and governance.

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    Gender Lens Investing promotes inclusive growth

    Gender Lens Investing (GLI) is an approach to investing that has an explicit intention of promoting the economic and social empowerment of women while also achieving financial returns. There has been an increase in GLI based on a greater body of evidence demonstrating that when women are economically empowered, they re-invest in their families and communities, producing a multiplier effect that contributes towards inclusive economic growth.

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    Striking a balance between over-indebtedness and convenience

    Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL), a type of short-term financing that allows consumers to split purchases into equal, often interest-free payments, is quickly gaining prominence among consumers. BNPL providers are disrupting traditional lending business models such as credit cards by leveraging innovative technology and offering fast and seamless finance to consumers at the point of sale.

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    Accessing the MSME opportunity with non-financial services

    Closing the huge MSME credit gap in Africa has been the focus of many development and private sector initiatives in recent years. Despite these efforts, MSMEs continue to face unique challenges compared with their larger counterparts.

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    Roe v Wade | How can personal data be used?

    What does the abolition of #roevwade reveal about how personal data is used? And how might we respond with a more democratic and participatory paradigm for data storage, access and usage? Tao Platt of our Centre of Digital Excellence unpacks the issues

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    Financial Literacy for coop financial institutions

    At least 12% of people on earth are members of the 3 million cooperatives that exist worldwide. These cooperatives play an important role in addressing the needs of their members and communities and in the process, they contribute towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, fostering economic participation and keep financial capital within local communities.  

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    What is the hindrance to disrupting insurance in Africa?

    Insurance penetration in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is very low. In 2020 it stood at 2% on average across the continent, as compared to the global average of 7%. (1) The reasons for this low penetration have traditionally been attributed to the lack of awareness of the benefits of insurance, the high cost of insurance products, traditional distribution channels limiting access, failure to embrace digital technology, among others.

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    Youth as co-creators of Africa's development

    Half of Africa’s population will be under the age of 25 by 2050. This presents a rare opportunity for the continent to harness the youth dividend, allowing the continent to accelerate the realisation of some of its core aspirations, such as enhancing economic development. This possibility excites me, writes Catherine Namwezi of our Evaluation for Development practice.

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    Fresh start for Digital Platforms in an unfriendly world?

    It was believed that digital platforms would dissolve longstanding physical and economic barriers, launching a plethora of new products and even whole markets. And they have revolutionised our world. Yet, somewhere along the line that hopeful narrative seems to have gotten lost.  Increasingly, governments, pressure groups and regulators around the world view platforms as nodes of unparalleled, and currently untrammelled, market and social power.

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    Putting the community at the centre of the water equation

    Genesis Analytics, as a key partner on World  Environment Day 2022, is pleased to showcase the work we are doing with the USAID Resilient Waters Program in Namibia. Through this programme, the Namibian Nature Foundation is leading the way in community-based natural resource management which puts the community at the centre of the equation to ensure that environmental change is transformative and sustainable. #OnlyOneEarth

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    Using theories of change to design results-based financing mechanisms

    With less than a decade left to achieve the 17 ambitious SDGs, the gap in development financing aimed at achieving SDG targets is still large, continues to widen and has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Result-based financing (RBF) provides potential to fill this gap.

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