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David Saunders

Before  joining Cenfri in 2012, David worked as a fellow at the ILO Microinsurance Innovation Facility in Geneva, Switzerland, supporting the activities of the knowledge team. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant project manager at the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) in Bangkok, Thailand.

David has been bringing together and packaging Cenfri’s work in financial inclusion, supporting projects across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has worked with Cenfri’s research teams to produce and share knowledge generated through Cenfri’s Making Access Possible (MAP) diagnostic programme, the insight2impact data facility and microinsurance and retail payments thematic work. He has also coordinated and developed open-enrolment and in-housing training on microinsurance and national payment systems in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

He was part of the core team responsible for generating the Making Access Possible (MAP) global insight series, which drew on research conducted in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Swaziland and Thailand and which explored the behaviour of government, providers and consumers in the market for financial services. He has also generated research focused on the potential of mobile phones and technology more broadly to unlock valuable and viable financial services in developing countries.

  • Bachelor degree in economics, Furman University in South Carolina
Recent Content by David Saunders
Policy options in a post-COVID-19 Africa
A COVID-19 policy response framework to recover and adapt COVID-19 is leaving no count...
Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods in Africa
The slowdown in economic activity brought about by the spread of Covid-19 has already been felt in the Northe...
Africa’s behavioural science movement is gaining momentum
Africa’s financial service providers reach more individuals than ever before. However, challenges remai...
You matter more than you think: The role of actuaries in the digital age
Traditionally, actuaries find themselves poring over mortality tables and calculating complicated risks with ...
Voluntary take-up: The holy grail of microinsurance
Last week, Cenfri was in Brussels to present at the BRS microfinance lunch on what we deem to be the holy grail of microinsurance – voluntary tak...
Understanding the usage of financial services in Southern Africa
The recent 2017 Findex findings have triggered another round of important discussions on usage in financial inclusion. They highlight that, in the ...