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Blogs
March 2020

Predicting the propensity to succeed among Kenyan “Hustlers”

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 […]

Blogs
March 2020

The art of cultivating youth skills and employment

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 […]

Blogs
March 2020

For maximum value, financial innovation must address real world problems

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 […]

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March 2020

How can inclusive finance help in a pandemic?

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 […]

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March 2020

What we learned from providing unsecured trade credit to small rural pharmacies

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 […]

Blogs
January 2020

Reflections from Sierra Leone: Investment in social protection provides an inclusive pathway to development

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, […]

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January 2020

Harnessing the market potential of financially underserved Kenyans

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.

Blogs
January 2020

FSD Kenya’s new horizons for more inclusive finance

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 […]

Blogs
December 2019

Provider, Platform, Product: Which ‘P’ should regulators target?

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.

Blogs
December 2019

Reflections on FSD Kenya’s 2019 Annual Lecture

On November 19, FSD held its annual lecture where David Ferrand shared his insights in a lecture titled ‘Financing Kenya: 2020 hindsight for Vision 2030’. After David’s lecture, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel consisting of Phyllis Wakiaga, CEO of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM); Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, Chief Financial Services Officer of […]