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    Women’s Financial Inclusion: 5 Reasons Why it Matters for Mozambique

Women’s Financial Inclusion: 5 Reasons Why it Matters for Mozambique

Novella Maugeri discusses the obstacles to financial inclusion in Mozambique by looking at two main challenges: the low levels of financial literacy and the absence of interoperability.

How do you get your money from the capital Maputo to your relatives in a faraway province in the North of Mozambique? While most would probably just think of a bank transfer, the answer […]

March 12th, 2018|Featured, Finance|0 Comments|
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    Scaling impact finance in Kenya: A look at micro, small and medium enterprises

Scaling impact finance in Kenya: A look at micro, small and medium enterprises

Social impact investors need to change the way they look at sub-Saharan African opportunities, write Julio de Souza, Julians Amboko and Konstantin Makarov.

A financial inclusion-focused entity recently engaged us to exercise due diligence on a working capital microcredit venture, with the intent of investing $1 million in equity in the business. Chief among the requirements was the evidence of employment […]

February 21st, 2018|Featured, Finance|0 Comments|
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    When mobile meets modular: pay-as-you-go solar energy in rural Africa

When mobile meets modular: pay-as-you-go solar energy in rural Africa

Dr Jeremy Wakeford discusses an energy revolution that is underway in parts of Africa.

 

One of the most pressing developmental challenges in sub-Saharan Africa is the dire need for modern energy services among the energy-poor, low-income communities who are beyond the reach of economically viable electricity grids. Some three-quarters of Africa’s rural population lack access to electricity, forcing them to […]

Reading List: Most popular @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2017

It is that time of the year when we stop to take stock of the last 12 months and we are happy to present the best-read @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2016, as voted by you with your clicks. If you missed any of these, here is your opportunity to catch up!

Film Review: NGO – Nothing Going On -LSE […]

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    Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains and Financial Access in Africa: Navigating the Promises and Perils of Technological Change

Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains and Financial Access in Africa: Navigating the Promises and Perils of Technological Change

As cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin gain importance in the economic lives of African societies, Daivi Rodima-Taylor and Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn explore the implications of this revolutionary financial technology on African countries.

 

Overlooked in much of the recent reporting on the coup in Zimbabwe were the crowds of Zimbabweans, not only cheering on the departure of Robert Mugabe, but also queuing to […]

December 18th, 2017|Featured, Finance|0 Comments|
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    Edward George: ‘Banks are in danger of becoming utilities’

Edward George: ‘Banks are in danger of becoming utilities’

Edward George, Head of Ecobank UK head talks about fintech, the future of payments and trends in digital banking.

As the market for fintech grows in Africa, Ecobank Transnational Inc., a pan-African banking conglomerate headquartered in Togo, has built a digital strategy that includes acquisitions, partnerships and in-house IT development. Having a large network of branches is no longer considered sustainable […]

November 8th, 2017|Business, Featured, Finance|1 Comment|
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    Clarence Blay: ‘Ghana has 140,000 mobile money agents versus 1,300 bank branches’

Clarence Blay: ‘Ghana has 140,000 mobile money agents versus 1,300 bank branches’

The Bank of Ghana executive, Clarence Blay, talks about mobile money, financial inclusion, biometric identification, insurance and more.

The most famous mobile payments system in Africa, MPesa, allows users to make payments by sending text messages from simple mobile phones, not necessarily smart ones. The idea has started a new wave of mobile payments and transfers in the continent, and governments are taking steps to […]

November 1st, 2017|Business, Featured, Finance|0 Comments|

The CFA Franc: French Monetary Imperialism in Africa

Ndongo Samba Sylla argues that the CFA franc – officially created on 26 December 1945 by a decree of General de Gaulle – used across much of Africa today is a colonial relic. For those hoping to export competitive products, obtain affordable credit, work for the integration of continental trade, or fight for an Africa free from imperialist control, […]

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    The Southern African wild card: High foreign debt, weak currencies and default risk

The Southern African wild card: High foreign debt, weak currencies and default risk

Further turbulence may be on the horizon, but this is a market any Africa-focused investor cannot afford to ignore, writes Julians Amboko.

 

The dawn of 2017 seems to have pried open a can of worms in Southern Africa. In just about four months, Mozambique, not too long ago displaying strong economic growth and bullish investor sentiment, has defaulted in servicing a […]

Government Spending: More Harm Than Good?

Africa’s large infrastructure gap and heavy political economy element promotes significant government intervention in erstwhile free markets. It has become increasingly important to assess the efficacy of such government interventions. Following the “Bridging Africa’s Finance Gap” panel at the recently concluded LSE Africa Summit 2017, Stears assesses the welfare costs of government spending, drawing out implications for the cost of […]

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