About 17 million digital loans have been disbursed to Kenyans as an increasing preference to mobile phone to access credit since the launch of the first digital credit offering seven years ago. A new survey completed last month shows fast growth of borrowing through the phone, with other findings showing huge default rates but for relatively small amounts. An international firm, Microsave Consulting, conducted the study which involved interviews with various credit providers with fin-tech products, including banks. During the first half of 2019, MSC was commissioned by SPTF and the Smart Campaign to undertake a comprehensive study on the current state of digital credit in Kenya. This study revealed: Across Kenya, 16.4 million loans have been disbursed digitally since the lau
McKinsey & Company has warned that Kenyan banks risk being crowded out of the daily payments and commerce space in financial intermediation by agile and innovative financial technology (fintech) companies and must act urgently to protect their turf, global consultancy. “In devising their strategies, banks could focus on owning the next generation payments landscape (for example contactless, QR, e-commerce etc) and building an ecosystem of value added services to recapture share in everyday commerce and transactions,” said Tawanda Sibanda, a partner at McKinsey. “Banks could also move first to serve the long-tail of underserved small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the market through entirely digital offerings.” The firm says, in its eighth annual review of the global bankin
Fintech may have a more profound impact on financial services in Africa than in Europe or the US. This is according to the more than international fintech pioneers who gathered at the Radisson Blu Gautrain, Johannesburg for the Finnovation South Africa 2018 summit. The fintech pioneers who included African digital pioneers, investors, policymakers, entrepreneurs and leading bankers also explored how the major banks and financial institutions in South Africa and across the continent are addressing the digital transformation of financial services; and how their own digital innovations are being shaped and accelerated as a result of the gathering momentum of Fintech disruptors. The impact of Blockchain, Digital Wallets, Cryptocurrency, ICOs, Open Banking, Mobile Money and Payments i
Accelerator programmes in Africa are increasingly going niche, targeting specific programmes targeted at startups in spaces such as fintech and health, instead of following the more traditional 500 Startups, Y Combinator, or, in Africa, 88mph models. But why are niche programmes suddenly so in vogue on the continent? Has the landscape changed since 88mph departed the scene after programmes in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria that had mixed success? Do we yet know the real ingredients for a successful African accelerator? Adedana Ashebir is regional manager for Africa at Village Capital, which has run a host of focused accelerators across the continent, most recently a fintech programme with PayPal. She said niche accelerators allow entrepreneurs to share best practices and lessons lea...
Investment in fintech sector is seen as an investment hot ticket. While the 2015 edition of the EY FinTech Adoption Index estimated that fintech was still in its infancy, the 2017 edition found that adoption had risen dramatically to one in three. “But while it’s clear that digital start-ups and first round investments in fintech are growing and that the digital revolution in banking is well and truly here, what hasn’t yet been mapped is the impacts on banking’s biggest players,” says Mark Fitzgerald, Director – Government and Enterprise at FaceMe. In its report, Banking disrupted, Deloitte suggests that the future of European retail banks is looking rather grim. Rocked by the wake of the financial crisis and the ongoing shakings of re-regulation, retail bankers face the threat of to