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Published 09 Jun 2023

OPINION: THE CASE FOR PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT IN FINANCIAL INCLUSION

In this EA Standard article, Fund team members Wilson Irungu and Nashipae Leteipan build on the Fund experience with participants, and show private sector investment can be a critical element for financial inclusion.

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Published 20 Mar 2023

OPINION: DESPITE GAINS, FINANCIAL INCLUSION REMAINS CRUCIAL

In this opinion piece published in the Business Daily Africa, Fund Engagement Partner at KPMG East Africa, Smita Sanghrajka discusses the positive growth and impacts of financial inclusion on market sectors and rural lives.

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Published 15 Dec 2022

IMPACT STUDIES

To assess the kind of impact being made by some of the Fund participants, a number of impact verification studies have been conducted over 2021 and 2022 and are summarised in this report.

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Published 15 Dec 2022

PROVIDING AGRICULTURAL AND FINANCIAL SERVICES TO SMALLHOLDER FARMERS

Fabien Gahungu shares insights on working with Prothem and how they company has managed to collaborate with smallholder farmers to get them to achieve better income and livelihoods.

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Published 15 Dec 2022

PENETRATING AGENCY BANKING IN RURAL DRC

During a recent interview with the Fund, Djedje Kungula shares his journey on working for Equity Bank BCDC on the Fund supported project.

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Published 15 Dec 2022

APPLYING TECHNOLOGY-BASED SOLUTIONS TO SUPPORT SMALLHOLDER FARMERS AND COOPERATIVES IN GHANA

In a recent interview, Elorm Allavi, Co-founder and CEO of SyeComp, speaks to the journey his company has been on to support smallholder farmers in Ghana through technology and financial access.

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Published 15 Dec 2022

SUPPORTING RURAL COMMUNITIES IN MALI TO BECOME ASSET OWNERS

Listening to Mame Dior Ndiaye, it is easy to feel passionate about using affordable Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solutions to deliver energy and financial solutions to rural communities in Mali. Mame recently gave us some insights into her journey and that of Baobab Plus.

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Published 15 Dec 2022

THE CHALLENGING TASK OF GATHERING EVIDENCE AND EVALUATING IMPACT

The broad geographic focus and diversity of business models supported by the Fund are some of its greatest strengths, but also made the task of gathering evidence and evaluating impact a demanding assignment.

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Published 15 Dec 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDATION

Peter Materu, Chief Program Officer at Mastercard Foundation shares this message showing how the Fund has supported the Foundation vision and outlining what the Foundation itself has learned and gained

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Published 15 Dec 2022

COMPETITION MANAGEMENT AT THE FUND

Using the Challenge Fund approach, the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity was set up in 2014 to support private sector businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa looking to develop new products, services or processes that increase access to finance for rural people, or that have the potential to scale up their most promising ideas to drive financial inclusion for smallholder farmers.

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