The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the resilience of governments, health systems, large companies, small businesses and families worldwide. The challenge facing policymakers is unenviable. Given how contagious the SARS-CoV-2 virus is (on average every infected person infects 2 to 3 additional people, and each of those people 2 to 3 more, so that only ten […]
Shujaaz Inc. is a Kenyan communications research and production company. Formerly called Well Told Story, the company is the producer of “Shujaaz,” an award-winning media platform that provides open spaces – including online platforms – for youth to discuss personal and societal issues often considered sensitive or taboo within their communities. Among the five million […]
This is the second blog in a three-part series on youth employment and skill-based work. You can read the first blog on Kenya’s youth and the long road to skill-based work here. Background In developing countries, the prevalence of poorly paid jobs and informal employment point to a mismatch of skills. According to the […]
Kenya has received world-wide recognition as leader in financial innovation. This is a laudable achievement because finance holds the potential to unlock solutions to the real-world problems that Kenyans face in their daily lives. Much innovation activity in the country has centered on payments and digital lending solutions, both of which provide the rails for […]
We were huddled in a routine team discussion at FSD Kenya when we received news of the first confirmed Covid-19 case in Kenya. Like many others, we wondered what this might mean for our work, our families and our country in the days ahead. We also began thinking about how we could help our communities […]
The inability of low-income households to access quality healthcare is a major challenge in dealing with unanticipated shocks. The challenge is bigger for rural households. Small rural pharmacies stock almost entirely generic medicines because these are the products that patients can afford. Research has indicated that this demand for generic medicines has led to high […]
During a recent visit to Sierra Leone, I was fascinated by the country’s rich history, friendly people and the beautiful beaches of the Freetown peninsula, with miles and miles of white sand – albeit almost empty. I was also inspired by the resilience of the people of Sierra Leone and the commitment of their government, […]
On the 5th of September 2019, the Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Kenya and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), held a stakeholder validation workshop in Nairobi, where they presented the findings of a research study that identified seven key financially underserved segments of the Kenyan population and discussed the potentially viable business cases and policy implications that financial market players could tap into.
Today, I am honoured to represent FSD Kenya at the UK Africa Investment Summit in London. I am inspired by the potential of the entrepreneurs, investors, government officials and civil society organisations who are full of ideas, solutions, and drive to leverage connections and learning across the continent to grow Africa’s economy and wellbeing. At […]
Technology has changed how services are developed and delivered to customers. Regulators are hard-pressed to figure out how to respond, what to regulate, and what to leave aside. Determining the touch point of regulation is not easy.