Closing the gender gap: Challenges and Opportunities

Closing the gender gap: Challenges and Opportunities

By: Catherine Atieno, FSD Uganda Gender Consultant

More than 2 billion people lack access to a financial account – with nearly one out of every three women globally excluded from the formal financial system. The persistent gender gap is according to the 2017 Findex Survey, concentrated
in three regions: The Middle East and North Africa with the largest gap at 17 percent, Sub-Saharan Africa at 11 percent and South Asia at 11 percent.

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From Ideas to Field Tests in 4 Days: A Design Sprint for Refugee-Centered Financial Services

From Ideas to Field Tests in 4 Days: A Design Sprint for Refugee-Centered Financial Services

By John Won*, Consulting Associate (BFA) and Peter Kawumi, Former Manager Competitive Strategies (FSD Uganda)


In June 2018, BFA, a global consulting firm led a four-day design sprint for financial service providers (FSPs) to develop and test solutions tailored to over 1.3 million forcibly displaced people (FDPs) in Uganda. This was the latest engagement in a multi-phase program by FSD Uganda and FSD Africa to increase awareness and create financial services for forcibly displaced people. It was the second refugee-focused design sprint in the FSD Network, the first having been held in Rwanda.  Preceding activities included a roundtable discussion with financial service providers in Uganda in December 2017 and a series of customer journey-mapping workshops in Uganda in April 2018. Through these engagements, a number of major FSPs in each market are gaining a better understanding of the needs and capabilities of refugees and identifying pathways to improving financial products and services for refugees as new customers.

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Request for Proposals for Consultancy Services to Develop a Strategic Plan for the Uganda Microfinance Regulatory Authority

Request for Proposals for Consultancy Services to Develop a Strategic Plan for the Uganda Microfinance Regulatory Authority

Date of Issue: Wednesday, 7th July 2018.
Expiry Date: Wednesday, 25th July 2018.

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19 July 2018 Pre-proposal Clarifications (Question & Answers)

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Request for Proposals for Consultancy Services to Draft Regulations to Operationalize the Security Interest in Moveable Property Law

Request for Proposals for Consultancy Services to Draft Regulations to Operationalize the Security Interest in Moveable Property Law

Date of Issue: Saturday, 7th July 2018
Expiry Date: Monday, 23rd July 2018

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How sandboxes can help the rural poor borrow, contribute to growth

How sandboxes can help the rural poor borrow, contribute to growth

According to Uganda’s National Household Survey 2016-2017, eight out of every 10 Ugandans reside in rural areas, with the majority engaged in agriculture, while those living in urban areas are mostly involved in the trade and service sectors.

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FinScope Uganda 2018 Survey Report

FinScope Uganda 2018 Survey Report

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    The FinScope 2018 survey was designed to determine how individuals 16 years or older (i.e. adults) manage their money, the extent to which they use financial services to do so, and to monitor the changes in levels of financial inclusion over time.

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    How Ugandan financial service providers leverage data for decision making

    How Ugandan financial service providers leverage data for decision making

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      Insight2impact (i2i), FSD Africa and Oxford Policy Management (OPM), together with Financial Sector Deepening Uganda (FSDU) – developed and implemented an online survey that sought to understand the ways in which financial service providers (FSPs) collect, store and use data in Uganda. The responses in the survey span the period from 29 August 2017 to 10 November 2017 and it is specific to Uganda only.

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      Mapping the Financial-access Journey of the Refugee

      Mapping the Financial-access Journey of the Refugee

      Applying UX design to help financial service providers in Uganda better serve forcibly displaced people

      By John Won, Consulting Associate, BFA


      Applying UX design to help financial service providers in Uganda better serve forcibly displaced people

      In April 2018, BFA facilitated a series of workshops for six banks – Diamond Trust Bank, Equity Bank, FINCA, Opportunity International, Post Bank, Ugafode – and a mobile network operator – Africell, in partnership with FSD Uganda. We shared research and statistics about the over 1.3 million forcibly displaced people (FDPs) living in the country, based on recent UNHCR data. And we invited the participants to imagine their life not as an employee of a large financial service provider (FSP) in Uganda, but rather to imagine their life as if they were a forcibly displaced person. “Step into the shoes of a refugee,” we instructed them:

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      Notes from the Frontier: Could Refugee Populations Be Ripe For Financial Inclusion?

      Notes from the Frontier: Could Refugee Populations Be Ripe For Financial Inclusion?

      As we approached the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement area, we were met with a calm sense of normalcy. People went about their business as usual, men and women tilling farms, children running around playing in school grounds and traders displaying their products at small designated shopping centres within the settlement.

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      Linkage Banking in Uganda

      Linkage Banking in Uganda

      This report is of a study on linkage banking, commissioned by FSD Uganda to enhance understanding of relationships between Savings and Lending Groups (SLGs) and Financial Services Providers (FSPs).

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      FSDU’s Interventions to Promote Women’s Financial Inclusion

      FSDU’s Interventions to Promote Women’s Financial Inclusion

      Kampala, March 5, 2018: Financial Inclusion in Uganda has gained significant recognition through the recently launched National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) 2017-2022 whose major focus area is to enhance development of the financial sector to be more robust to enhance inclusion.

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      Interoperability in Mobile Financial Services in Uganda

      Interoperability in Mobile Financial Services in Uganda

      Friends Consult Limited (FCL) was commissioned by Financial Sector Deepening Uganda (FSDU) in collaboration with Bank of Uganda (BoU) to conduct market research on interoperability in mobile financial services in Uganda. Interoperability is defined as the ability for different systems to connect with one another.

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      Next Generation Digital Financial Services in Uganda: Lessons from India Stack

      Next Generation Digital Financial Services in Uganda: Lessons from India Stack

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        The objective of next generation digital financial services workshop is to share experiences from the India Stack to spur discussions on the applicability and opportunities for Uganda. India Stack is a unified software platform that allows governments, businesses, startups and developers to utilize a unique digital Infrastructure to solve India’s problems towards presence-less, paperless, and cashless service delivery.

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