Digital systems can improve traditional banking methods

Digital systems can improve traditional banking methods

M-Shwari hits the 10 million customer mark”- we’ve all seen the articles and blogs posts about this innovative Safaricom-Commercial Bank ofAfrica (CBA) product that allows mobile money users to remotely open bank accounts, earn interest on their savings and access credit instantly. We’ve seen traditional financial institutions rushing to make strategic partnerships with mobile network operators, in an effort to replicate this success.

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Digital Credit is not always good for financial inclusion

Digital Credit is not always good for financial inclusion

The latest product from a combination of a bank and a mobile network operator (MNO) is MoKash. It could be “the next big thing”. But before anyone gets too excited about the benefits, we should take a hard look at lessons from Kenya. Kenya is where M-Shwari (a predecessor to MoKash) started and has really taken off.

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Car Wash Sundays: A communal approach to health insurance

Car Wash Sundays: A communal approach to health insurance

The car wash ends with about 15million shillings raised and a relieved family that could afford to take their daughter, Rita, to India for medical treatment. This was the only option for her single mother to raise funds to treat her after using up what little savings she had and selling off her house. Unfortunately, this situation is all too common in Kampala: a family going to friends and family when their heal this in jeopardy and their finances aren’t able to support them. Every Sunday it seems we hear about yet another Kampala car wash organized to help a family.It’s a wonder there aren’t only spotless cars in the city of Seven hills!

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Micro insurance and the use of mobile phones

Micro insurance and the use of mobile phones

Uganda has little insurance service provision; dominated by insurance mandated by law, especially third party motor vehicle insurance and up to about 800,000 people covered by a life cover insurance policy. All in all, this only represents a sliver of the Ugandan population. Most of these are covered by a policy offered through formal employment and are not self-initiated.

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FinScope Uganda 2013 Survey Report

FinScope Uganda 2013 Survey Report

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    To date, FinScope surveys have been carried out in 18 African countries including Uganda. FinScope III survey for Uganda follows two previous-FinScope I and II surveys carried out in 2006 and 2009 respectively.

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    Data sets – FinScope Uganda 2013 Survey Report

    Data sets – FinScope Uganda 2013 Survey Report

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      Agent Network Accelerator Survey: Summary of Uganda Country Report 2015

      Agent Network Accelerator Survey: Summary of Uganda Country Report 2015

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        Agent Network Accelerator Survey: Uganda Country Report 2015

        Agent Network Accelerator Survey: Uganda Country Report 2015

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          The findings, based on interviews with over 2,200 mobile money agents interviewed in 2015, the ANA Uganda report, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FSDU, IFC, FSDA and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) highlights findings on the DFS agent landscape in Uganda covering agent profitability, transaction volumes, liquidity management and other important strategic considerations.

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          Assess the financial needs, preferences and capacities of potential customers Northern Uganda

          Assess the financial needs, preferences and capacities of potential customers Northern Uganda

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            The main objective of the market research was to assess the needs, preferences and capacities of the potential customers in Oyam and surrounding districts. This document presents the findings of the study.

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            A move to extend financial services

            A move to extend financial services

            KAMPALA – Commercial banks and Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Uganda are concerned about the low levels of financial inclusion. In a new approach to extend and strengthen access to financial services, commercial banks entered a partnership with FSD to extend more services.

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            The impact of shutting down mobile money in Uganda

            The impact of shutting down mobile money in Uganda

            On February 18, 2016, the people of Uganda went to the polls to vote in the Presidential and Primary elections. Citing a threat to “national security,” the Uganda Communications Commission ordered mobile network operators to shut down key social media sites (WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter) and disable mobile money platforms.

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            Uganda National Small Business Survey

            Uganda National Small Business Survey

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              The National Small Business Survey assessed the nature and scope of MSMEs in Uganda. The purpose of the survey was to identify constraints to MSMEs’ development and growth with a focus on access to finance, infrastructure, business development services, markets and technology

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              Uganda’s Microfinance Sector Effectiveness Review

              Uganda’s Microfinance Sector Effectiveness Review

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                The Uganda Microfinance Sector Effectiveness Review for 2014 is an initiative of the Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Uganda based on a similar review that was done by the Consultative Group for Assisting the Poor (CGAP) and published in 2004. The report bears resemblance to the first review but has added new dimensions given the developments in the sector over the last decade.

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