FSD Kenya publications cover a wide range of topics relevant to financial inclusion, encompassing in-depth reports, research and project briefs, technical notes , ‘how to’ guides, presentations and our annual reports and newsletters.
This report examines the causality between branchless banking and financial capability with an in-depth look at how consumers in Kenya’s coastal region are using mobile financial services to manage their personal finances.
This note discusses the working capital issues that SMEs face within their supply chains and how supply chain financing (SCF) products can help address them. While SCF presents commercial opportunities for a wide range of financial service providers, this technical note examines these opportunities as well as the issues that banking organisation’s experience operating in the […]
This technical note introduces the topic of credit scoring, discusses the different contexts in which such systems are used, the benefits of using these systems, and the challenges faced in developing and implementing them.
This technical note looks at the nature of cash flow based lending, how it meets particular funding needs of certain SMEs and the issues faced by financial institutions in providing this for of financial to smaller businesses.
This report seeks to depict the Kenyan education environment from the point of view of the household, with specific emphasis on rural smallholder farming households. It seeks to determine how much Kenyan families actually spend on education, whether in private or public school systems, what percentage of income is spent on education as a proportion […]
Two gaps work together to limit the electronification of merchant payments. Customers with depleted electronic accounts are not naturally inclined to pay electronically at local shops, and shops not accustomed to paying their suppliers with electronic money are not so likely to actively promote it with their own customers. While that is the case, mobile […]
This technical note discusses approaches and methods for market research on SME clients as well as how to plan and implement successful market research. Implementing SME market research can assist financial institutions to better understand the diverse group of SME clients and may help them serve the various types of clients better and develop appropriate […]
This note looks at the factors that determine the pricing and costing of financial products and services for SMEs and the particular issues and challenges faced in doing so for this client group, including the fact that SME relationship profitability often derives from the delivery of a bundle of products and services which are difficult […]
This technical note looks at the reasons for calculating profitability, the factors involved in doing so, and the common challenges faced in measuring and allocating profitability in the context of SME financial products and services.
This note looks at data mining on both individual SME accounts and on the SME portfolio as a whole, and suggests how and why extraction and review of data should be undertaken. At a time when banks are starting to offer SME banking services that are distinct from products offered to corporate and retail customers, […]