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Our network

Our network and partners are critical to the work we do. Together, we can extend our ability and capacity to influence the necessary changes in financial sector development and inclusive digital economies; and our joint efforts amplify the reach and impact of our collective work. Our core partners include the MasterCard Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA), the Financial Sector Deepening Network, GIZ and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a charity organisation guided by the belief that every life has equal measure. One of the foundation’s goals is to help people in the world’s poorest regions improve their lives and build sustainable futures by connecting them with digitally based financial tools and services.

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FinMark Trust

FinMark Trust (FMT) is an independent trust that has the objective of making markets work for the poor by promoting financial inclusion and regional financial integration as well as institutional and organisational development, in order to increase access to financial services for the unserved and underserved.

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FSD Africa

FSD Africa is a UK-government-funded financial sector development agency that aims to reduce poverty across sub-Saharan Africa by building financial markets that are efficient, robust and inclusive. FSD Africa is a market facilitator or catalyst that applies a combination of resources, expertise and research to address financial market failures and deliver a lasting impact.

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Impact Insurance

ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility enables the insurance sector, governments and their partners to embrace impact insurance to reduce households’ vulnerability, promote stronger enterprises and facilitate better public policies. We work intensively with governments, insurers and other stakeholders to strengthen insurance markets and embed insurance in strategies to reduce the vulnerability of populations and boost the productivity of economies.

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The Mastercard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation aims to advance education and financial inclusion to catalyse prosperity in developing countries. Its focus is helping economically disadvantaged young people in Africa find opportunities to move themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty to a better life.

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The Microinsurance Network

The Microinsurance Network (MiN) believes that access to insurance is essential to sustainable development and for achieving lasting prosperity for the world’s poor. The collective action by MiN members provides critical knowledge to the organisations that drive improvement to yield lasting prosperity for the billions of people and small businesses who need it.

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The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is a development agency that provides investment capital and technical support to both public and private sectors within two core areas of expertise: inclusive finance and local development finance. UNCDF has recently profoundly updated its market development approach through the development of a new diagnostic tool and programmatic framework, known as Making Access Possible (MAP), to support the development of national financial inclusion strategies. The MAP multi-country initiative is run in partnership with Cenfri and FinMark Trust.

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The University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED) strives to develop responsible leaders through well-grounded business education and research. USB-ED’s programmes are relevant for South Africa, other African countries and beyond. Over and above its flagship MBA, it offers programmes in development finance, leadership development, management coaching, futures studies and project management.

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