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March 2016

Implications, insights and guidance on use of Open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) by financial services providers in emerging economies

While Safaricom’s M-PESA platform stole the spotlight for being one of the world’s most transformative financial services, a somewhat hushed storm is infusing in the world of API’s in Kenya since Safaricom’s September-2015 announcement   that they have opened up their APIs to the public.  APIs are the set of procedures, rules, and tools that stipulate how […]

November 2015

Kenya’s Financial Transformation in the 21st Century

The aim of this book is to stimulate debate on how we analyse and think about the future of market development and its implications for poverty and growth. The book was commissioned by Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Kenya as an invitation to scholars to dig more deeply into the data that have been collected over […]

September 2015

An overview of developments and trends in Kenya’s retail financial landscape

Globally, 60 percent of adults conduct their financial affairs with the benefit of an account. In Kenya, thanks in large part to mobile money, 2014 estimates from the World Bank’s Findex survey program suggest that nearly 3 in 4 adults have an account. In the recent Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project (FDIP) Kenya ranks 1st among […]

Retail innovations
August 2015

M-Shwari Lock Savings Account

A fixed deposit feature on M-Shwari platform. The service allows customers to save a minimum of Sh500 for six months at interest rates of up to six per cent per annum. The new feature banks on the strength of recurrent customer feedback which suggested the need for a facility to instill discipline in medium term […]

Retail innovations
August 2015


M-Pesa is the world’s most successful mobile money service. It enables users to send and receive money, top-up airtime and make bill payments through their mobile phones. Customers register for the service at an authorized agent. To get electronic money onto their phones, the user visits a cash-in/cash-out agent and deposits physical cash in exchange for electronic […]