Author: Denise Alves

Can FSDMoç support the housing finance sector in Mozambique?

Can FSDMoç support the housing finance sector in Mozambique? Some highlights from the Housing Finance Panel during the FSD Network Conference, December 2018 By: Benedito Murambire, Jr. FSDMoç Investment Manager. Housing has a significant impact on any economy, which is not the subject of this paper. Obviously, in Mozambique, like in any other country, there are strong linkages between housing and economy. Additionally, housing has strong linkages with financial sector development.  This paper intends to highlight the efforts from FSDMoç in addressing the housing finance challenges. It will highlight “what we have learned”, “what we


By: Almeira Paruque, FSDMoç Analyst. A dynamic capital market is very important for the economic growth of countries and it has been the highlight of discussions around the globe, described as the link in facilitating the flow of funding from savers to investors. The most known markets internationally include the capital markets of London and New York, which are very electrifying trading places and it is not unusual to hear people referring to stocks or other securities that have risen or fallen overnight. However, do people really understand what the capital market is

Financial advisory: Opportunities and risks for the Bottom of the Pyramid

By Hélder Buvana, FSDMoç Investment Manager and Anne-Marie Chidzero, FSDMoç Advisor   It may sound secondary to argue for the need of financial advisory services for people living in countries with extreme levels of poverty. It can also sound unimportant even when we have the same argument for those who are in developing countries, but still face many challenges to live a decent life, with minimum access to food and health services. Therefore, should we spend time debating the role of a financial advisor for people at the bottom of the pyramid (BoP)?


The Financial Sector Deepening Mozambique (FSDMoç), a program funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (SIDA), supports the development of the financial sector with a focus on expanding the levels financial inclusion. FSDMoç entered into a partnership with a BANK to support its rural expansion strategy. The partnership has been formalized through the signing of an Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between FSDMoç and the BANK which main objective is to cooperate and seek innovative solutions for offering adequate


FSDMoç has partnered with the Insurance Supervisory Institute of Mozambique, ISSM (Instituto de Supervisão de Seguros de Moçambique), to promote the development of a broad and sustainable micro-insurance ecosystem in Mozambique. The content of this partnership is in line with the discussions on the challenges around the implementation of micro-insurance in Mozambique held during the Workshop on Micro-Insurance (co-organised by ISSM, AMS – Associação Moçambicana de Seguradoras, and the World Bank), on the 27th July 2017. The mentioned partnership has been officialised through the signing of an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) and MOU (Memorandum


BACKGROUND The Financial Sector Deepening Mozambique – FSDMoç a program funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (SIDA), supports the development of the financial sector with a focus on financial inclusion. The PME + Academy was conceived and implemented as part of an integrated strategy that a local bank developed and began implementing in September 2015, aiming to strengthen the bank’s position within the SME segment as a true value-added partner and to ensure medium to long-term sustainable market growth in this

A day as an M-Pesa promoter

By: Almeira Paruque, FSDMoç Analyst A new day begins in Mozambique and different groups of young people gather around markets, mall entrances, crowded squares and streets around the country to perform the duties of an M-Pesa promoter. They must convince the next customer to open an M-Pesa account and, through it, start using new or additional financial services. The 16th of August of 2018 would represent a normal workday for the M-Pesa promoters assigned to Xiquelene market, Aeroporto A neighborhood and Adelina market (all in Maputo city), if not for the visit of a

How FSDMoç is addressing financial sector regulation challenges: The Regulatory Sandbox Story!

By: Kátia Agostinho, FSDMoç Analyst Digital tools are making access to financial products and services possible around the world, and Mozambique should be able to learn from other countries that are more advanced in this journey and provide the same opportunities for the Mozambicans, while at the same time takes advantage from the great ideas being introduced by Mozambicans. This country is 2515km coast long and has a low population density with 30.1hab/km2[1] on a 799,380km2 area. Providing financial services via the traditional “brick and mortar” branches is proven to be inefficient and exclusionist

Light (Life) after Sunset: Enabled by Digital Financial Services

By: Belmiro Nhamithambo, FSDMoç Knowledge, Monitoring and Learning Analyst and Vânia Matola, FSDMoç Analyst Access to electricity can transform lives and well-being of men and women living in rural areas. Mozambique needs to invest in renewable energies to support the expansion of the electricity grid.  While the grid only covers 29% of the country’s 28.8 million population, and expansion of the grid is slow and constrained by large infrastructure required, investments are needed in affordable and accessible alternative clean energy sources. Mr. and Mrs. Chipandeque, an elderly couple that live in Sussundenga district
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