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Investing in the Next Generation – Highlights

By: Kathryn Larcombe and Lindsey Allwright, FSDMoç Consultants The youth labour force is estimated to be growing by almost 40% per annum however the formal job market only employs 700,000 people.[1] The majority of young people therefore work in the informal sector, and have an estimated underemployment rate of 80%.[2] What role can the finance sector play? In the ILO’s A Call for Action in regard to the Youth Employment Crisis, access to finance for youth entrepreneurs is highlighted as a key action. For young people that create their own employment through starting

Dar Es Salam is the world gathering on women financial inclusion matters this week

By: Esselina Macome (FSDMoç Executive Director) and Kátia Agositnho (FSDMoç Market Analyst) This week, more than 300 participants from around the world will gather in Dar Es Salam for the Making finance work for women finance summit (MFWW) organized by Women World Banking[1], FSDAfrica and The Financial Sector Deepening Trust Tanzania. The key question is what can those and other stakeholders do to facilitate women’s access to finance, and more important, how can they do it? Some of us will be fortunate to also participate in other two different events prior and after
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Reflections on the FSD Moç Annual Lecture on Digital Financial Services and the Launch of Annual Publication

By Barney de Jongh, Head of Communities of Practice Digital Frontiers Institute I recently had the great privilege to be invited as a guest speaker to the annual publication launch event of FSD Mozambique.  During the event, Anne-Marie Chidzero, the outgoing CEO, shared some of the key milestones achieved by FSD Mozambique in the short 3 years since their existence. The event was also an opportunity to hand out the “Advancing Financial Inclusion for Smallholder Households in Mozambique” publication. This publication is a culmination of a huge amount of work done by CGAP