Publications

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. 

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Publications - Report
September 2014

Accrediting Small Business Bankers

Clearly, a symbiotic relationship exists between banks and SMEs. Banks need a strong and, hopefully, expanding pipeline of maturing SMEs to support growth in commercial lending and other financial services. At the same time, SMEs need access to financial services to underpin their entrepreneurial endeavours and fuel their growth ambitions. The nature of the relationship […]

Publications
August 2014

Kenya Financial Diaries: Executive summary

How do poor Kenyans manage their money? This executive summary synthesizes the key findings of the 2012-13 Kenya Financial Diaires project that looked very closely at the ways in which low-income Kenyans earned, spent, saved, borrowed and invested over the course of a year. The data from the project paint a rich picture of the […]

Publications - Brief
August 2014

Financial diaries respondent profiles: Extreme savings and thrift

This short note profiles the savings behavior of “Kevin” – one of the participants of the 2012-13 Kenya Financial Diaries project – and addresses the bigger question of whether and in which cases restricted savings accounts are desirable for people living on little.

Publications
April 2014

What do low-income people know about money? Indigenous financial concepts and practices and their implications for financial inclusion

In what ways do norms and expectations about the actual processes of saving and borrowing create a disjuncture between the formal sector and indigenous experiences? Bridging this divide between every day and formal financial concepts and practices is part of the key to being able to develop more appropriate products and services that will support […]