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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June 2012

Time for cash to cash out? Scoping Kenya’s path to a cash-lite society

Cash is an expensive financial instrument. Because it is physical, it must physically change hands, be aggregated, moved over space, and protected from theft both in small and large values. All of this – transportation, processing time, security, and the need for physical storage – entails costs. Electronic payment systems represent what could be a […]

Publications
May 2012

Driving change through technology: The Postbank example

“You are finally a real bank.” This quote from a customer exemplifies the deep change that Postbank has undergone, moving from an antiquated passbook system into the modern world of cards and point of sale devices. It has been a challenging journey, both internally and externally. As Postbank has sought to professionalise within, the competitive […]

Publications
April 2012

Using credit to grow savings: Results from a mobile pilot in Kenya

In November 2009 the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and the Financial Sector Deepening Trust Kenya (FSD Kenya) provided a total of USD 540,000 to Mobile Ventures Kenya Limited (MVK) to enable MVK to pilot an innovative savings product delivered through the mobile channel. The product is Jipange KuSave (meaning “plan or organise […]

Publications - Brief
April 2012

Why doesn’t every Kenyan business have a mobile money account?

M-PESA agents and, increasingly, the agents of other mobile money schemes and banks are everywhere. The most striking thing about mobile money in Kenya is how visible it is: the proliferation of store signage leaves no one with any doubt that something big is happening in the Kenyan payment space. It is estimated that three […]

Publications - Brief
March 2012

Results of a study of post-project replication of groups in COSALO – summary

In September 2011, FSD Kenya conducted a short study of savings groups created under the Community Savings and Loans (COSALO I) project, funded by FSD and implemented by CARE International in Kenya. 54 groups were representatively selected from about 2,500 groups created in Nyamira and Rachuonyo regions by franchisees and faith-based organizations. The purpose of […]