Though Benin hasn't seen the same rapid growth in digital financial services as its neighbors, the country's small starting base means even bigger potential gains. As a member of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), Benin could learn from the experiences of fellow member countries including Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire, where mobile money plays a leading role in access to finance.
Bien que la croissance des services financiers digitaux au Bénin n’ait pas été aussi rapide que chez ses voisins, la modeste base de départ du pays signifie encore plus de gains potentiels.
L’an dernier, dans un billet du blog intitulé 10,000 Data points : New Senegal Workbook Explores Access at the Commune Level (10 000 points de données : Le nouveau dossier de consultation sur le Sénégal examine l’accès au niveau des communes), nous avons exploré le statut de l’inclusion financière dans ce pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest.
Last year, in a blog post titled 10,000 Data points: New Senegal Workbook Explores Access at the Commune Level, we explored the state of financial inclusion in the West African country. Through that analysis of access point distribution, we uncovered a few key findings, including the major growth of mobile money access points and Senegal's impressive progress in financial inclusion since signing the Maya Declaration in 2012.
On 12 May 2015, the first branchless banking transaction was completed in a rural village in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). This ground-breaking transaction took place with a service launched by Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur Lao Public (BCEL), one of the country’s leading banks. The service, BCEL Community Money Express (BCOME), was the first of its kind in this largely agrarian and rural nation. Digital financial services (DFS) in Lao PDR can have significant impact by providing access to services that the dispersed population is sorely missing.
Every year since 2013, the Bank of Zambia (BoZ), in collaboration with other key stakeholders in the financial services ecosystem, has organized the Financial Literacy Week (FLW) campaign to encourage more Zambians to take control of their financial lives. In 2017, the theme for FLW was “Know and plan your finances for a better life”.
Mobile financial services in Uganda have come a long way and continue to hold huge potential for enabling access to financial and none-financial services for a large share of the population. Mobile money has grown from being a just money remittance service to become a platform that enables the delivery of many more innovative products and services.
There is an old Lao saying, ‘If you don’t go out of the village, you will not see the land far away; if you don’t go study, you will not have any knowledge.’ It is still commonly used in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)—a country with a surge in demand for education, with 78% of youth enrolled in lower secondary education while 56% of adults have primary education or less (see the figure for more detail).
“Sometimes I am forced to travel with tens of millions of shillings in my pocket and I fear for my life. Someday, something will happen”, says James Odega, a coffee trader in Eastern Uganda. James is one of hundreds of coffee traders who buy coffee from many of smallholder farmers around the Mount Elgon area and sell it to Kyagalanyi Coffee Limited (KCL) in Mbale, Uganda. After being paid for the coffee he has bought from farmers, James has to travel back to his village.
Dans les locaux de La Coopérative Autonome pour le Renforcement des Initiatives Économiques par la Microfinance (CAURIE-MF) les agents de collecte se préparent pour les Bancs Villageois (BV). Le BV est une réunion de 30 à 100 femmes issues de groupements communautaires de base suite à une auto sélection et qui bénéficient de produits de microcrédits et d’épargne reposant fondamentalement sur la gestion participative et sur la caution solidaire à travers les mécanismes de groupes de solidarité.