Malawi

Malawi

Digital Financial Services Price Transparency and Awareness in Malawi

Malawi

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:38 -- anna.ferracuti

This whitepaper outlines major findings of a diagnostic exercise conducted by the MM4P team in August 2017. This exercise involved desk research and an in-country mission to gather data, conduct interviews with agents, tellers and customers, and survey the insights of local stakeholders.

Understanding the challenges and opportunities in promoting savings among low income individuals in Lesotho, Malawi and South Africa

Malawi

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:05 -- anna.ferracuti

The purpose of this study is to comprehensively document the savings landscape in Lesotho, Malawi and South Africa in order to understand the challenges and opportunities in promoting savings among low income individuals.

Agent network development

Malawi

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:26 -- anna.ferracuti

Malawi is a country with more than 84 percent of the population living in rural areas. Although the country is small, the abundance of remote areas and ethnic and linguistic diversity make it a challenging environment for financial inclusion. While only 19 percent of adults have bank accounts, more than 34 percent of the population have mobile phones. This comparison makes a strong case for using mobile financial services to overcome the low level of financial inclusion.

Developing customer-centric strategy for digital financial services

Malawi

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:16 -- anna.ferracuti

According to the 2014 FinScope study, 33 percent of Malawian adults have access to banking services, which is an improvement from 19 percent in 2008. However, 50 percent of adults own a cell phone. This comparison makes a strong case for using mobile financial services to overcome the low level of financial inclusion.

Launch of Malawi Government Payment Roadmap

Malawi

Launch of Malawi Government Payment Roadmap

At Umodzi Park, Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC)
March 30 , 2017
Lilongwe, MALAWI - 

The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, in collaboration with the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s MM4P programme, the Better Than Cash Alliance and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is pleased to inform the general public that it will launch the Malawi Government Payments Roadmap on Thursday, 30th March 2017 at Umodzi Park, Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

As a next step to membership of the Better Than Cash Alliance in 2013, the Government Payments Roadmap is the Malawian Government’s strategic framework for digitizing government payments in Malawi. It sets the main targets for the coming years to improve the accountability, efficiency and transparency of the payments system and advance the national financial inclusion agenda.

Digital financial services (DFS) are widely cited as transformative for financial inclusion and the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In Malawi, where more than 80 percent of the population is rural and approximately 70 percent lives with less than $1.90 a day, the financial inclusion rate is only 18 percent.

However, a shining light has appeared. During the period 2012-2016, active DFS users grew from less than one percent to 15 percent of adult population. Increased demand and supply of DFS as well as a good regulation have been game changers for the digital shift.

In this framework, the Malawi Government Payments Roadmap champions the vision of a country in which:

“Every Malawian is financially resilient. The public and private sectors work together to ensure all Malawians, especially those who live in rural areas, have access to digital financial services that are easily accessible, affordable, reliable, transparent and secure. The Malawi policy, legal and regulatory environment works as an enabler to address payment infrastructure challenges and makes […] [digital finance a] sustainable business to service providers.”

To learn more about the Roadmap, visit the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development website www.finance.gov.mw or UNCDF MM4P website mm4p.uncdf.org.


About MM4P

Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) is a programme launched by UNCDF in partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation. MM4P provides support to digital financial services (DFS) in a selected group of least developed countries (LDCs) to demonstrate how the correct mix of financial, technical and policy support can build a robust DFS ecosystem that reaches low income people in LDCs.

For more information, visit mm4p.uncdf.org or follow @UNCDFMM4P and Mobile Money for The Poor.

About the Better Than Cash Alliance

The Better Than Cash Alliance is a partnership of governments, companies, and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth.

Based at the UN, the Alliance has over 50 members, works closely with other global organizations, and is an implementing partner for the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion.

The Alliance is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi Foundation, Ford Foundation, MasterCard, Omidyar Network, United States Agency for International Development, and Visa Inc. The United Nations Capital Development Fund serves as the secretariat.

About UNCDF

UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. This last mile is where available resources for development are scarcest; where market failures are most pronounced; and where benefits from national growth tend to leave people excluded.  

For more information, please contact
Nandini Harihareswara
Regional Technical Specialist, Digital Finance
Ambrose Mzoma
Director of Pensions and Financial Sector Policy Division, Ministry of Finance Economic Planning and Development
+265 1 789 355
Additional Information
Nandini Harihareswara
Regional Technical Specialist, Digital Finance

Developing customer-centric strategy for digital financial services

Malawi

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:36 -- anna.ferracuti

According to the 2014 FinScope study, 33 percent of Malawian adults have access to banking services, which is an improvement from 19 percent in 2008. However, 50 percent of adults own a cell phone. This comparison makes a strong case for using mobile financial services to overcome the low level of financial inclusion.

Using Trusts To Protect Mobile Money Customers (Regulation For Digital Financial Services)

Malawi

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 22:44 -- mm4p

Some 1.8 billion people today have a mobile phone and no bank account. Mobile money is the provision of financial service through mobile phones. It offers the substantial potential benefits of financial inclusion to poor people in poor nations. This article explores how trust law can be used to address the key risks these mobile money customers face: bankruptcy of the e-money provider, illiquidity and fraud. Prudential regulation is largely inapplicable because most providers are telecommunications companies not banks.

Agent network development

Malawi

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 22:40 -- mm4p

Malawi is a country with more than 84 percent of the population living in rural areas. Although the country is small, the abundance of remote areas and ethnic and linguistic diversity make it a challenging environment for financial inclusion. While only 19 percent of adults have bank accounts, more than 34 percent of the population have mobile phones. This comparison makes a strong case for using mobile financial services to overcome the low level of financial inclusion.

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