Foundational Work

As the country’s leading financial markets think-and-do-tank, we work closely with public and private financial market actors to address constraints to accessing and using formal financial services. Our work cuts across policy interventions, support for more efficient market infrastructure, and providing catalytic grants and technical assistance to innovators designing, piloting and scaling pioneering financial products and services. Using a Market Systems Development approach, our interventions ensure that we effect sustainable, scalable change in Uganda’s financial sector. We are leveraging early successes to respond to the needs of the real economy.

National Financial Inclusion Strategy

Primary Target Group: All
Tools of Impact: Technical Assistance
Achievements: Development of Uganda’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy.

Synopsis: FSDU supported the development of Uganda’s first National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS).

Policy advocacy - The Financial Institutions Act (FIA) amendment bill

Primary Target Group: All
Tools of Impact: Technical Assistance
Achievements: Provisions for Agency banking, Islamic Banking and Bancassurance in Uganda.

Synopsis: We provided support around inputs and amendments to the FIA Bill, and subsequent regulations that emerged from the bill.

Policy advocacy - Chattels Securities Legal and Regulatory Framework

Primary Target Group: All
Tools of Impact: Technical Assistance
Achievements: Development of the Movable Property and Securities Interests Bill.

Synopsis: Review the legal and regulatory framework to the Chattels Securities Act 2014.

Policy Advocacy - Tier 4 microfinance institutions & money lenders act

Primary Target Group: All
Tools of Impact: Technical Assistance
Achievements: Establishment of Uganda Microfinance Regulatory Authority (UMRA).

Synopsis: Governance structure for Tier 4 financial institutions and money lenders.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Taskforce

Primary Target Group: All
Tools of Impact: Technical Assistance
Achievements: Development of Uganda’s 4IR Strategy.

Synopsis: Support towards MICT for increased awareness and appreciation of government policy and initiatives on digitisation by the different stakeholders

Enabling a Digital Ecosystem - The Financial Technology Service Providers Association of Uganda (FITSPA)

Primary Target Group: All
Tools of Impact: Technical Assistance
Achievements: Establishment of FITSPA, development of an industry code of conduct and operationalising the NPS Act with FinTechs.

Synopsis: FSDU led and supported the formation of Uganda’s Fintech industry association and continues to provide Technical Assistance support.

Digitial Transformation Project

Primary Target Group: All
Tools of Impact: Technical Assistance
Achievements: Increased engagement with innovators, organisational readiness and adoption of Regulatory Sandboxes.

Synopsis: The phased support provided has enabled IRA to identify opportunities and implement strategies to build a learning organisation that has embrace a culture of innovation to ensure regulation keeps pace with the digital revolution.

FINSCOPE Uganda 2018 Survey

Primary Target Group: All
Tools of Impact: Technical Assistance
Achievements: The FINSCOPE 2018 Survey forms the basis of public and private decision making.
Synopsis: The publication of the FINSCOPE 2018 Survey and Thematic Reports.

Enhancing social protection programs through efficient payment systems

Primary Target Group: The Elderly (Women and Men)
Tools of Impact: Technical Assistance
Achievements: Our Technical Assistance facilitated the scale up of SAGE from 15 pilot Districts to 146 Districts across Uganda.
Synopsis: Building a use case to demonstrate how digitial payments can strengthen the impact of social assistance cash transfers.

Shared Agent Banking

Primary Target Group: All
Tools of Impact: Technical Assistance
Achievements: 19 SFIs and 10,600 agents on SABS with the platform cumulatively processing 4.6 million transactions valued at UGX 5.14 trillion (USD 1.4 billion) as at the end of 2020.
Synopsis: FSD Uganda played a foundational role operationalising the shared agent banking network, which resulted in crowding-in other development partners.

Banking Sector Regulatory Reform

Primary Target Group: All
Tools of Impact: Technical Assistance
Achievements: Comprehensive review of banking sector regulations, recomemndations and proposed framework to implement changes [insert link to report]
Synopsis: Technical Assistance to the Uganda Bankers’ Association (UBA) to produce a comprehensive document with recommended amendments and and a framework for implementing the proposed changes.

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