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Financial inclusion


Financial inclusion

Overview

Financial inclusion remains an acute challenge across Africa, with many people in the sub-Saharan region lacking access to basic financial products and services, such as credit, savings and insurance products. The effects of financial exclusion fall disproportionately on particularly women, low-income groups, rural inhabitants and small businesses. These groups have traditionally been underserved by traditional financial services. Genesis has built deep expertise in driving financial inclusion across these groups in Africa.

Projects

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    Fintech solutions for women and their impact

    Genesis conducted research and prepared a paper that synthesised which financial technology solutions existed for women and their impact on women’s economic empowerment.

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    Diagnosing MSME development challenge in Africa

    Genesis partnered with a private foundation to diagnose the MSME landscape in four countries to understand the key growth constraints and programming opportunities for MSME development.

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    A winning strategy for deepening financial markets in Uganda

    Genesis Analytics have been working with Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Trusts on a number of projects. FDS commissioned Genesis first to re-invigorate their approach to facilitating financial-sector deepening in Uganda. We then helped FSDU develop a refreshed strategy for the next three years and then assisted them with a critical part of strategy execution related to fundraising.

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    Mid-term review of project to support agri-finance innovation

    Genesis was contracted to conduct a mid-term evaluation of the Financial Inclusion for Smallholder Farmers in Africa Project, which is aimed at improving food security and incomes of over 700 000 smallholder farmers in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. 

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    Evaluating project for affordable, inclusive financial products

    Genesis was appointed by AccessHolding to conduct a mid-term evaluation of the Access2Acces programme to understand its performance and outcomes till the mid-point of the programme, in order to document key learnings arising from implementation, and to identify areas for improvement.

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    Enhancing access to finance for EAC women cross-border traders

    Genesis undertook a diagnostic study to inform discussions and policy adjustments to advance access to finance for women cross-border traders and the identification of firm-level barriers that limit their bankability.

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    Addressing food security in a global pandemic

    Genesis Analytics, through the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), advised the Solidarity Fund on if, and how, it could support a sustainable food production intervention that addressed the persistent experience of hunger by the most vulnerable households in South Africa (which has been aggravated by COVID-19).

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    Uplifting private sector development across African markets

    Genesis was commissioned by the African Development Bank to design its private sector development strategy for 2020 to 2025.

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    Framework for SME finance to support agriculture value chain in Africa

    Genesis partnered with an international donor organisation to compare the operational processes of a group of agri-SME lenders to identify ways of serving the agricultural value chain more effectively.

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