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Promoting Financial Inclusion for Inclusive Growth in Africa

This paper has highlighted the state of financial inclusion in Africa and its importance in ensuring economic development and inclusive growth. However, although many countries have agreed to make financial inclusion a priority, as per the Maya Decl…

Nigeria Economic Update Issue 9

This short update discusses several issues briefly. Firstly it talks about Crude Oil and Gas and specifically the OPEC weekly basket price which decreased by 7.4 percent from $29.20 per barrel on February 5th to $27.04 per barrel on February 12, 201…

A Pathway to Financial Inclusion: Mobile Money and Individual Savings in Uganda

A micro perspective is provided in this study on the impact that mobile money services have on an individual’s saving behavior using 2013 Uganda FinScope data. The results reveals that although saving through mobile phones is not a common practice …

The Impact of a Rural Microcredit Scheme Targeting Women on Household Vulnerability and Empowerment: Evidence from South West Nigeria

The rapid expansion of microcredit in recent years is informed by the belief that removal of constraints to credit access facing the poor, particularly women, through microcredit can improve their well-being and ultimately help them out of poverty…

Financial Inclusion in Ethiopia: Using LSMS (Ethiopia Socioeconomic Survey) Data

Only less than a quarter of Ethiopian adults have a formal account. In this study, the status, level and determinants of financial inclusion and barriers to financial inclusion in Ethiopia are analysed. We found that better education, financial lite…

Understanding Inclusive Growth in Africa's Fragile States: Any Role for Fragility and Financial Inequalities

This study conducts an empirical analysis of the effects of fragility and financial inequalities on inclusive growth of African countries. In order to achieve this, we developed a unified measure of inclusive growth which is decomposed into growth a…

Nigeria Economic Update Issue No.45

The first heading : Setbacks in Achieving Financial Inclusion states that according to the latest CBN financial inclusion report, overall progress towards achieving the Nigeria Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) fell short of the annualized target …

Next Steps for the Digital Revolution in Africa: Inclusive Growth and Job Creation Lessons from Kenya

This paper provides examples of such dynamism and links digitization to employment creation, with the hope that, over time, as more sectors and fin techs innovate on the digital platform, the trend will be clearer with more data points to allow deep…

Exploring Fintech Solutions for Women

New digital technologies are revolutionizing the financial services industry around the world. Africa has been an innovation hub in this area, due to its rapid adoption of mobile communication networks. How might the explosion of fintech platforms…

State of Financial Cooperatives in Zambia: A Viable Option for Increasing Financial Inclusion?

This policy brief presents the summary findings of a study on Promoting Financial Cooperatives (FCs) in Zambia that was conducted between 2017 and 2018 with financial support from the Rural Finance Expansion Program (RUFEP), Ministry of Commerce Tra…

State of Financial Cooperatives in Zambia: A viable Option for Increasing Financial Inclusion

This policy brief presents the summary findings of a study on Promoting Financial Cooperatives (FCs) in Zambia that was conducted between 2017 and 2018 with financial support from the Rural Finance Expansion Program (RUFEP), Ministry of Commerce Tra…

Why do Men and Youth shun Savings Groups in Rural Zambia?

The purpose of this field survey was to establish the reasons why men and youth shun Savings Groups (SGs) in Zambia’s rural areas. This is important as SGs have become an important alternative source of financial services and inclusion for the unser…

Why Education is the Key to Improving Financial Inclusion in Uganda

For the financial system in Uganda to become truly inclusive, financial institutions need to encourage those who face the greatest barriers to engaging with them to do so. Removing these obstacles is more important than providing formal financial s…

Financial Inclusion through Mobile Money: An Examination of the Decision to use Mobile Money Accounts in WAEMU Countries

This study examines whether due to the influence of the penetration of financial intermediaries in WAEMU, the characteristics of individuals who hold mobile money accounts solely are comparable to those of individuals who hold formal bank accounts s…

Financial Access Expansion and Rural-urban Welfare Disparities: Evidence from Zambia

This paper investigates the welfare gains following changes in aggregate financial access. Using individual-level data collected in Zambia between 2009 and 2015, results show that increasing the number of financial access points improved the quality…

Navigating COVID-19: Africa Women and Digital Financial Access in South Africa and Nigeria

Not unlike the rest of the world, COVID-19 related socioeconomic shocks in South Africa and Nigeria are disproportionately experienced by women due to persistent pre-pandemic gender inequalities that affect access to economic opportunities. Digital …

Gender Disparities in Financial Inclusion in Tanzania

Although Tanzania has made notable progress in enhancing access to financial services, the gender gap in financial inclusion persists. This paper examines gender disparities in financial inclusion in Tanzania using descriptive and regression analyse…

Boosting Financial Inclusion and Promoting Entrepreneurship among Young People in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has been ranked as the 150th hardest country in the world in terms of access to credit and the development of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) is hindered by the availability of financial services. Though efforts have been made to improve…

Determinants of Financial Inclusion for Youth Entrepreneurs: Evidence from Addis Ababa City and Shirka Wereda Ethiopia

This study identified and examined the factors that affected the financial inclusion of young people in selected sites in Ethiopia using local-level data collected with a Community-Based Monitoring System approach. We collected data from 4,928 young…

Role of Institutional Quality in Promoting Financial Inclusion

Despite evidence on the importance of financial inclusion, little is known about the role institutions play in fostering inclusion across countries. Using panel data corresponding to 125 countries for the period 2004-2015, this study sought to under…

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