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Hennie Bester

Hennie is a passionate leader and experience public policy strategist working towards an inclusive digital Africa. Rooted on a sheep farm in the Karoo, South Africa.

He specialises in the analysis of markets for financial inclusion purposes and designing policy and regulation to advance financial inclusion. He has advised governments in Africa, Latin America and Asia on financial inclusion policy and regulation. Among others, he was the legal drafter of the regulations for mobile payment service providers (including M-Pesa) issued by the Central Bank of Kenya.

After studying economics and law, Hennie practised as a qualified attorney for several years. He served as a member of the National Parliament of South Africa (1991 to 1994) and later in the Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape (1994 to 2001). He served in the cabinet of the Western Cape provincial government, first as the Minister for Business Development and Tourism and subsequently as Minister for Community Safety. He participated in the negotiations that paved the way for South Africa’s first democratic constitution, and he chaired the Constitutional Committee that drafted the Constitution for the Western Cape Province – the only provincial constitution in South Africa.

  • Economics and Law, Stellenbosch University
  • LL.M degree, University of Cambridge (UK)

Recent Content by Hennie Bester
China Access to Insurance Diagnostic: A Market and Regulatory Analysis
This report contains the findings of a diagnostic study on the provision of microinsurance to rural workers in China. The study was commissioned by...
Deepening measurement in financial inclusion
You manage what you measure and thus it is important to have a measurement framework that drives the right behaviour. Financial inclusion has stron...
BR Research interviews insight2impact
BR Research recently sat down in Islamabad with a team of researchers from the ...
Good intentions
Why what you measure in financial inclusion is so important to the outcomes you achieve...
This road will not get you there
This week I drove 600km from Cape Town airport to my home and sheep farm in the rural Karoo. Whereas the drive was pleasant and gave me time to ref...
Using consumer insights to unlock the potential of financial inclusion
If we move away from a one-dimensional view of financial inclusion as the percentage of adults with a formal bank account, we find that formal fina...