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Published 01 Feb 2023

THE KEY ROLE OF GENDER FOCUS IN FINANCIAL INCLUSION

 

Financial inclusion is a crucial component in the quest to elevate the role of women in the economies of Africa, and women are increasingly playing a role in growing the continent’s largest sector, agriculture.

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Published 15 Dec 2022

PERSPECTIVES ON FUND MANAGEMENT

KPMG was appointed the Fund Manager in for the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural prosperity in 2014 and set off with an aim of enabling 1 million people in rural Africa to have access to savings, credit and insurance products and services.  The Fund operated from Nairobi, Kenya and had a team working from Ghana who assisted in overseeing projects in West Africa. 

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Published 13 Nov 2022

THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AT THE CENTRE OF GROWTH IN FINANCIAL INCLUSION

Digitalisation is enabling participants affected by shocks to continue to strategically learn, test and scale up

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Published 23 Sep 2021

THE ROLE Of FINANCIAL INCLUSION IN SUPPORTING FOOD SECURITY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

A crucial component of strengthening the food value chain is providing financial access to smallholder farmers so as to address farm productivity, poverty reduction and ultimately food security.

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Published 12 Aug 2021

FUTURELINK TECHNOLOGIES UGANDA: SCALING FINANCIAL ACCESS USING A SHARED AGENCY NETWORK

Insights and learnings from FutureLink Technologies digitisation of member institutions and SACCOS across Uganda using shared agency network deployment.

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How Ghana’s New DFS Policy Will Impact Participants
Published 22 Jul 2020

How Ghana’s New DFS Policy Will Impact Participants

From its inception, the Fund has focused on harnessing the creativity and capacity of the financial sector and agribusinesses to innovate, increasing access to and delivering financial services at scale. Bodies of work from multiple players and insights from the Fund itself show that key drivers of innovation include digital technology and digital financial services, yet their rollout is often constrained by lack of adequate and effective policy. This is why the Fund is excited about the launch of Ghana’s Digital Financial Services (DFS) policy, a first for the continent, and what this could mean to the Fund participants.

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Fund Participants Respond to COVID-19 Crisis
Published 29 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Response: How the Fund and its participants are innovating in times of crisis

In this first in a series of articles, Theo Sands from Fund partner IPE Triple line introduces how the Fund and its participants are rising up to the challenge posed by COVID-19 with the ultimate aim of protecting great achievements made in uplifting beneficiaries through financial inclusion.

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20/20 Ibero
Published 11 Feb 2020

20/20 Case Study: Strengthening agricultural supply chains through the delivery of financial services

Ibero Uganda is part of the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe based in Hamburg, Germany. Ibero Uganda exports quality Uganda coffees, with warehouses and processing facilities in Kampala and out-stations in all major coffee-producing regions of Uganda.

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Published 11 Jun 2019

20/20 Blog: Capturing industry learnings to turn hindsight into foresight

Explore the various lessons learned by the Fund and how findings from the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab will help improve support for innovative businesses in rural Africa.

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Published 10 Apr 2019

Creating an Interconnected Financial Ecosystem to Promote Active Use of Financial Products

Harleen Thati, the Fund’s Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, writes on how creating integrated financial systems can help reach a wider consumer base in rural communities, thereby stimulating rural economies and helping alleviate poverty on the continent. 

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