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Compliance guidance tool for FinTechs

Download Toolkit Recognising that most FinTechs in Uganda are start-ups and young businesses with limited capacity and resources to comply with the new laws, FSD Uganda partnered with FITSPA to develop a regulatory compliance toolkit that FinTechs seeking licensing under the National Payment Systems Act can use to ensure they comply with the licensing and […]

COVID-19 Blog Series

Read reflections from our team about the effects COVID-19 continues to have on financial inclusion and poverty, and potential pathways that can improve the inclusiveness of recovery efforts.

Lessons for building resilience through inclusive financial services

How the financial lives of Ugandans have changed to respond to the effects of the Covid-19 crisis By Jimmy Ebong and Diana Ngaira FinScope 2018 showed that 75% of Ugandans did not have enough money to pay for living expenses, prior to the COVID-19 crisis. They have small amounts of savings and 23% who coped […]

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

Download Presentation 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 […]

Regulating for Innovation Supervisory Toolkit

Download Toolkit 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 […]