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Linking refugees to formal financial services (Part I)

By Anne Gachoka and Carmen Merab, BFA Global Financial services are an important avenue for refugees to save money, access loans, and manage life shocks. However, many of them struggle to access finance because of legal barriers, lack of identity documentation, lack of credit history in their new locations, or collateral as security. Despite the […]

Unlocking the Potential of Uganda’s Housing Value Chain Through Strategic Partnerships and Collaboration

By Jimmy Ebong and Maria Nkhonjera Uganda’s Financial Sector Development Strategy (FSDS) estimates the country’s housing deficit to be 1.6 million units, with an annual requirement between 180,000 and 210,000 units. Given rapid rates of population growth and urbanisation, a widening housing need may overwhelm cities in the near future. Uganda has the third highest […]

Regulating for Innovation Supervisory Toolkit

Download here. The fast-paced changes in the financial sector are primarily driven by innovation and advancements in technology. Proactive engagement with the market will help policy makers and regulators build their understand of trends and allow them to effectively assess the opportunities new technologies present against any emergent risks. Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Uganda, through […]

COVID-19 and access to agricultural finance in Uganda

During August and September, Wellspring Development Capital and Sofala Partners conducted a “rapid diagnostic” on the impact of COVID-19 on agricultural finance in Uganda, on behalf of Financial Sector Deepening Uganda (FSDU). We consulted more than 85 experts and practitioners across the country, from those involved in farming and agro-processing, to traders and exporters, commercial […]

Insurance Innovation Dialogue; Opportunities in the time of COVID-19

The Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) of Uganda, in partnership with FSD Uganda and the Innovation Village, hosted an interactive virtual workshop on 19th November 2020, to discuss the opportunities and challenges to innovation in the Ugandan insurance market. The Chief Executive Officer, Alhaj Kaddunabi Lubega said the workshop was the perfect opportunity for the industry […]

Informal Sector Pensions: Protecting millions of East Africans from old-age poverty

By Joseph Lutwama. It is everyone’s desire to retire with a roof over their head and a decent income that will sustain them through their old age. However, very few ever realize that ideal, and it remains a dream that eludes millions in the region. Many East Africans never retire but die while toiling away […]

Reimagining settlement communities: responding to the growing financial needs of Uganda’s refugees and their hosts

By David Darkwa & Fred Ndiwalana. Mama Nicole is what most academics would call a ‘Forcibly Displaced Person’ – a refugee. Three years ago, she fled her village in Northern Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo when fighting broke out between two armed groups. Upon arriving in Uganda, she chose to settle in Kampala […]

The impact of Pandemics on Poverty and Financial Inclusion

By Rashmi Pillai, Executive Director. By now, the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – is a household term. Hand sanitizer is out of stock, businesses are closing or cutting staff, and even boda-boda riders near the FSD Uganda office report possible plans to stop working and go back to the village because they aren’t earning enough […]

Message from Rashmi Pillai – FSD Uganda Executive Director on COVID-19

Uganda confirmed its first case of COVID-19 this weekend. The Government of Uganda, together with private sector actors, continue to demonstrate great leadership by putting in place and adopting progressive measures aimed at protecting Ugandans and limiting the impact of the pandemic. Even as the world continues to reel from the devastating rise in fatalities, […]