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Financial services strategy

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    Determining non-financial needs of MSMEs in 3 markets

    Genesis was engaged by a large Pan-African Bank to undertake an analysis of the non-financial needs of MSMEs in three African markets.

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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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    Strategy refresh for a large Kenyan insurance company

    Genesis was engaged by a leading pan-African insurance company operating in Kenya to update its strategic plan for the period ending 2025.

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    Due diligence opens door to $110m investment in SA challenger bank

    Genesis was tasked with conducting a commercial due diligence of Tyme Bank in order to advise Apis on the feasibility of acquiring the bank.

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    Short-term scenarios for land reform in South Africa

    Absa Bank appointed Genesis to assist the bank in anticipating the potential impacts of land reform in South Africa and develop a strategic response.

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    Fintech payments and partnership strategy for Pan-African retail bank

    Genesis was commissioned by one of Africa's larger retail banks to identify opportunities for partnerships with fintechs across the continent. 

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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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    Business models for Kenyan agri finance institution

    Following a successful strategic plan that Genesis developed for the Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC), the government’s development financial institution re-engaged Genesis to help with the implementation of its new business model.

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    The future of payments: Scenario planning for large retail bank

    Genesis worked closely with a leading retail bank to explore the evolving payments landscape in Africa to identify strategic and investment priorities for a leading regional bank. 

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    Diagnostic study of challenges faced by cross-border traders

    FinMark Trust (FMT) commissioned Genesis to carry out a scoping exercise to understand the size, state and dynamics of informal cross-border trade between South Africa and Mozambique, and Eswatini and Zimbabwe.

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    Zimbabwe payment market scan for a co-branded card

    Genesis was commissioned by a global card association to conduct a market scan and opportunity assessment on a co-branded card offering in Zimbabwe.

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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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    Inaugural strategy to boost Kenyan home ownership

    the National Treasury of Kenya commissioned Genesis to develop the inaugural 2020-2024 strategic plan for the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company, which was established as a non-deposit-taking financial institution to provide long-term funds to primary mortgage lenders.

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    Probe on purchase of crossborder digital payment provider

    A Pan-African bank commissioned Genesis to assess the revenue potential of the purchase of digital payment provider, with the intention of streamlining crossborder remittance payments both across its own customer base and for non-customers.

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    Seeking new financial products to target gig workers

    Genesis was commissioned to conduct a market sizing of the gig economy in Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to review the challenges faced by gig workers in these three markets and to propose recommendations on financial products to target this segment.

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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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    What impact land reform will have on a South African bank

    Genesis Analytics was commissioned by a prominent bank to advise on the various scenarios of land reform in South Africa; help the bank assess the impact of these scenarios and guide the bank’s strategic position.

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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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    Designing a Private Securities Market alongside the Central Bank of Congo

    Genesis and its partner Bourse Consult were commissioned by Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Africa to support the Central Bank of Congo (BCC) in DRC to understand the demand for an opportunity to establish a private securities market in the country.

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    Developing a 10-year capital markets development master plan for Zambia

    Genesis and Bourse Consult jointly partnered with FSD Africa to develop a 10-year capital markets development master plan for Zambia.

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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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    Assisting financial institutions to improve financial access for SMEs.

    Genesis was commissioned by the IFC to undertake several deep-dive studies on MSME finance that were used to inform the IFC’s advisory to its (financial institution) clients to improve financial access for SMEs.

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    Due diligence on challenger digital bank in South Africa

    Genesis was commissioned by a private equity investor to conduct a strategic due diligence for a South African digital bank ahead of a potential investment. 

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    The future demand for card-switching services in South Africa

    Genesis Analytics was commissioned by a national payment switch to determine a strategy for its card-switching business considering the increased competitive pressure faced from international card schemes.

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    Sizing retail and business banking markets in Botswana

    Genesis was asked to develop a model to size the revenue pools of the retail and business banking segments of the Botswana banking sector by a pan-African bank.

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    Impact due diligence on Egyptian financial institution investment

    Genesis was commissioned by a global development financial institution (DFI) to undertake an impact due diligence on prospective financial institution (FI) investment in Egypt.

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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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    Design thinking for innovative bank products in Tanzania

    Genesis was contracted to support FinSights Lab, an innovation initiative enabling solutions for financial services institutions to enhance financial inclusion, in supporting a large Tanzanian bank to develop new products and services for the mass market.

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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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    Ensuring the greatest impact of COVID relief funds in SA

    The Solidarity Fund was set up in March 2020 to fund a range of initiatives that addressed the COVID-19 crisis in South Africa. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded Genesis Analytics to provide extensive and wide-ranging technical support for the fund to ensure that the investments made by the fund had the greatest possible impact.

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    A new approach to impact reporting rolled out in Ghana with SCB

    Standard Chartered Bank partnered with Genesis as impact advisors to develop a next generation approach to impact measurement and reporting. This new approach was rolled out in a case study on lending to the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors in Ghana.

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    Expert economic evidence green lights JSE’s acquisition of Link Market Services

    Genesis was appointed by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) to provide an expert economic report and testimony in the JSE’s acquisition of share registry business Link Market Services South Africa (Link SA).

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    Using behavioural economics to increase headline earnings

    Genesis Analytics was commissioned to deliver additional headline earnings to a financial institution over a period of three years. The team has implemented two projects to achieve this target.

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    Genesis supports Uganda with strategy to capitalise on 4IR to drive growth

    Genesis is providing technical support to Uganda's Presidential Taskforce on the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) to formulate a national 4IR strategy to guide the country on areas where 4IR technology can be domesticated to achieve development objectives.

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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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    Debunking financial and non-financial needs of MSMEs in Africa

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC) commissioned Genesis to do market-wide research on the MSME finance market and landscape in six African countries to ground its investment and advisory support to financial sectors.

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    Genesis looks for drivers of innovation ecosystem in SADC region

    Genesis was contracted by FinMark Trust and the Insights 2 Impact (i2i) Facility to conduct an innovation scoping study for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to identify the drivers of innovation ecosystem development and opportunities to enhance the innovation ecosystem in the SADC.

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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.