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Videos
August 2015

Replicating how the poor manage their money, digitally

This video, from the second Financial Inclusion Roundtable hosted by FSD Kenya and IBM Research Africa features Ignacio Mas who proposes a framework for digitizing financial services that work for the poor and unbanked. You can find the slide deck here. 

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 […]

Publications
March 2014

Informal financial practices and social networks: Transaction genealogies

Mobile money transfers (MMT) have enabled informal financial sector transactions to grow and operate more efficiently, offering increased competition to the formal financial sector. Recent research has found that MMT is facilitating informal interpersonal transfers that are far more varied and complex than suggested by the ‘send money home’ domestic remittance entry-point rationale of M-Pesa […]

Publications
March 2012

The search for inclusion in Kenya’s financial landscape: Annex 2 – Demand-side survey

This annex reports more detailed findings from the demand side survey than are contained in the main report. First, the methodology of the survey is explained before proceeding to two further sections. The second section, reports more detailed descriptive data on a service by service basis. It aims to ensure that detailed findings are available […]

Publications -
March 2012

The search for inclusion in Kenya’s financial landscape: The rift revealed summary report

Does the rapid adoption of mobile phone based money transfer services (MMT) suggest a tectonic shift in Kenya’s financial landscape and the greater potential for formal sector inclusion – especially in savings or transactions accounts? This report examines the use of MMT within the context of informal and formal financial service use. The study investigated […]

Publications
March 2012

The search for inclusion in Kenya’s financial landscape: The rift revealed

This report examines the use of M-PESA within the wider context of financial service use in Kenya. It argues that the way this service is being used offers evidence of a key feature of the logic of people’s financial transactions: that they are embedded in the give and take nature of inter-personal transfers within social […]