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November 2020

The prevalence and drivers of financial resilience among adults: Evidence from the Global Findex

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the financial vulnerability of vast segments of the global population. At the onset of this crisis, dominant majorities in many countries were ill-prepared financially to weather a prolonged income shock. In 2018, for example, over two-thirds of adults in Kenya, Vietnam, Greece, Chile, Colombia and Bangladesh reported they would […]

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June 2020

2019 Annual report

As we highlight our work from 2019 in this report, the world is facing a global pandemic of unprecedented scale. The COVID-19 crisis is creating great uncertainty about what the future holds for the economy and well-being of all. But as I reflect on the stories that offer a snapshot into our work over the […]

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December 2019

Financing Kenya: 2020 hindsight for Vision 2030

Kenya has been feted around the world for its achievements in advancing financial inclusion. And the speed at which access to the formal financial system has advanced has certainly been exceptional. The development of a near ubiquitous mobile phone-based payments system provided the foundations for a further round of fintech innovation. Nairobi has become the […]

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December 2019

Exploring the links between finance, technology and growth in Kenya

Starting with microcredit in the late 1980s, there has been a growing movement of multilateral institutions, private foundations, non-profits, corporations and governments that aims to provide formal financial services to low-income market segments around the world. This movement is largely motivated by the conviction that access to financial services reduces poverty. Over time, the focus […]

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December 2019

Focus Note: Digital Credit in Kenya

Since the launch of M-Shwari in 2012, the number of digital lenders and loans disbursed has grown substantially. Advances in credit scoring, few regulatory barriers and the widespread use of mobile phones and mobile money have enabled growth of the digital lending industry, giving borrowers a quick and convenient option for credit. However, industry practices […]

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July 2019

2018 Annual Report

Our 2018 Annual Report shares some of the stories of our work with partners aimed at exploring the frontiers of how we can create a better kind of financing.

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April 2019

The 2019 FinAccess household survey

The 2019 FinAccess household survey is the fifth in a series of surveys that measure drivers and usage of financial services in Kenya. The 2019 report was officially launched on April 3rd 2019. The four previous surveys of 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2016 have shown that Kenya has made significant progress in fostering financial inclusion, with the latest survey providing a […]