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Financial inclusion

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    Commercial due diligence opens way to R1,5-billion deal

    Genesis was commissioned by Ethos Private Equity to conduct a commercial due diligence on Crossfin Technology Holdings, a South African fintech platform with assets in payments, digital lending and venture capital.

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    Encouraging the acceptance of QR codes by SA micro merchants

    Genesis was commissioned by a global financial services company to conduct research on how to encourage the uptake of QR payments by micro merchants in South Africa, on behalf of a payment solutions provider aiming to enter this space.

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    Tapping into the MSME finance opportunity in Uganda

    In a bid to understand the factors that constrain MSME finance in Uganda, the IFC commissioned Genesis to do a study of the general MSME landscape in the country, encompassing an analysis of the demand and supply-side of the MSME finance market.

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    How innovative digital bank drives financial inclusion

    Genesis conducted a case study of an innovative, digital South African challenger bank with a group of development organisations seeking to drive financial inclusion.

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    Evaluating MSME pilot in government affordable housing projects

    Genesis was commissioned to conduct an impact assessment of the Park Road Affordable Housing Project, which was a pilot intervention of the Kenyan government’s MSME access to market programme. 

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    Credit guarantee scheme to target barriers for women SMEs

    The African Development Bank commissioned Genesis Analytics to conduct a baseline study on the status of access to finance for women SMEs in 16 sampled countries across Africa to understand unique market constraints they face.

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    Evaluating the impact of a central bank digital currency

    Central banks across the world are rethinking approaches to financial and payments system infrastructure. New technologies such as distributed ledgers are revolutionising the way customers, businesses and financial intermediaries interact.

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    Insight into SME environment in three West African countries

    Genesis was commissioned by the IFC to assess the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sectors and research the specific financial needs of MSMEs in three West African countries.

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    State of access to finance for Ethiopian woman traders

    Genesis was appointed by the IFC to run a diagnostic study on the state of access to finance in Ethiopia for women traders during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

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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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    Driving adoption of payment services in rural Sierra Leone 

    Genesis was commissioned by the Ministry of Finance in Sierra Leone to assist in the design and implementation of rural payments connectivity solutions in conjunction with the deployment of a retail payments switch.

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    Strategic plan to catalyse financial inclusion growth in Nigeria

    Genesis conducted a macroeconomic, financial sector policy and regulatory review to identify areas where EFInA could invest to catalyse financial inclusion in Nigeria.

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    Insights drive uptake of financial products by smallholder farmers

    Genesis Analytics was contracted by the Kenya Commercial Bank to undertake an impact evaluation of MobiGrow, a product that targets agricultural value chain actors to offer mobile-based financial inclusion and information to smallholder farmers and pastoralists in Kenya and Rwanda.

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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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    Making Access Possible in Malawi: RoadMAP to MSME success

    Genesis, in partnership with FinMark Trust, was commissioned to carrying out an evidence-based diagnostic study of the MSME of Malawi to identify key barriers and opportunities in the market.

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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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    Strategy for mobile-wallet partnership opportunities in Africa

    Genesis Analytics was commissioned by a global card association to conduct a mobile-wallet partnership opportunity assessment across five countries, Ghana, Senegal, Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire and Mauritius. This entailed assessing and mapping the payment landscape in each country and identifying key payment opportunities in the mobile money, card and digital payments space.

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    Cloud-based solutions could reduce banking costs in Africa

    Genesis Analytics and Orange Business Services (OBS), with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, published a research report on Cloud Banking in Africa: The Regulatory Opportunity, which explores the potential for cloud computing to reduce the cost of technology for banks.

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    Monitoring implementation of City Support Programme

    Genesis Analytics was commissioned by the World Bank through funding from the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) to provide monitoring support to South Africa's City Support Programme (CSP).

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    Mapping SME development on AfDB programmes

    Genesis Analytics completed a major review of the African Development Bank’s support strategies for small- and medium-sized businesses. This was the first project to leverage our new Francophone and African Development Bank liaison office.

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    Mid-term review of largest UN project in digital finance

    Genesis was contracted to conduct a mid-term evaluation of Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P), the largest of the UNCDF’s programmes in digital finance. The evaluation was based on a theory-based approach and used the OECD DAC criteria as its guiding framework.

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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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    Assessing rural Rwandan youth's access to finance

    Vision Fund Rwanda (VFR) commissioned Genesis to do a market assessment of youth-targeted financial services in rural Rwanda.

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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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    Innovating fintech services for smallholder farmers

    Genesis and The Springfield Centre were contracted by Mercy Corps and the MasterCard Foundation to conduct the mid-term evaluation of AgriFin Accelerate (AFA), a six-year, USD 24.7-million programme in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.

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    Diagnosing the MSME development challenge in four countries

    Genesis partnered with the prominent private foundation to diagnose the MSME landscape in four countries of interest. The foundation was new to the area of MSME development and required guidance on how best to diagnose the key growth constraints and programming opportunities for MSME development.

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    Evaluation of Microcred’s plan to bank a million new customers

    Genesis Analytics was contracted to conduct an evaluation of the Mass Market Financial Inclusion (MMFI) project, which aims to provide access to key financial services for the unbanked populations of Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Madagascar.

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    30 Kenyan banks adopt innovative payments infrastructure

    Genesis partnered with FSD Kenya to develop a business case to convince 30 Kenyan banks of the value of joining PesaLink, a payment infrastructure that allows banks to offer real-time, person-to-person transfers at a low cost.

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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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    Scoping plan to strengthen financial integration in SADC

    Genesis was commissioned by an international aid agency to define the scope for the design of a new Regional Financial Integration (RFI) programme aimed at improving financial integration within SADC.

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    Review shows way to increase financial access

    Genesis partnered a prominent private foundation in the financial inclusion community to identify what it had learnt in expanding access to formal financial services across the continent.

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    Microfinance sector in Rwanda still needs support

    Genesis Analytics evaluated the Microfinance Challenge Fund Rwanda and found that the Rwandan microfinance industry still needs support.

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    Strategy for financial education in Ethiopia

    Genesis was contracted by Enterprise Partners, through DAI-Europe, to develop a financial education strategy and implementation plan for Ethiopia.

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    Impact of fintech on state of MSME finance in Kenya

    The Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSD) Kenya commissioned Genesis to carry out an in-depth analysis on how and to what extent MSMEs had been impacted by the significant developments in the country's financial sector since 2005.

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    Monitoring consumer financial education in SA

    Genesis has been evaluating the FSB’s consumer education department’s (CED’s) project portfolio since 2015 and has also become the FSB’s learning partner in the financial capabilities space.

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    Monitoring support for Ugandan rural credit bureau

    Genesis was contracted by Compuscan to provide monitoring and evaluation support to the Ground Up, a  rural and agricultural finance credit bureau and identification system in Uganda.

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    Impact evaluation of housing support in Kenya, Uganda

    Genesis is conducting an impact evaluation of Building Assets, Unlocking Access, a programme by Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), in collaboration with local financial service providers (FSPs) in Kenya and Uganda. 

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    Diagnostic review of FSDA network's MRM systems

    FSDA contracted Genesis to conduct an assessment of their nine monitoring and results measurement systems and to develop bespoke training sessions to build its capacity.

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    Impact evaluation of POWER Africa in Rwanda

    Genesis was contracted to do an impact evaluation of CARE Canada’s Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Rural Africa (POWER Africa) initiative in Rwanda. Funded by the MasterCard Foundation, POWER aims to improve financial inclusion in Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Rwanda by linking village loan and savings associations with formal financial institutions. 

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    Rwandan women still marginalised in village saving schemes

    Genesis conducted an evaluation of CARE International’s Scale Up project that sought to reach 300,000 new Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) members of whom 75% were to be women.

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    Final evaluation of Banking on Change

    Genesis was contracted to do the final evaluation of Banking on Change, a partnership between Barclays, CARE International UK and Plan UK aimed at extending savings-led financial services to vulnerable individuals. 

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    Research on sharing credit information in Kenya

    FSD Kenya commissioned Genesis to study current and future effects of sharing information on credit in Kenya.

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