East Africa has been regarded as the flag bearer of the fintech phenomenon globally. EAVCA, FSDA and FMO are pleased to launch their report FINTREK, that demystifies the complex ecosystem across multiple fintech business models, their value propositions and relative scalability cum feasibility potential. It also assesses the funding and investment requirements of the fintech sector, and the key gaps.
With the rapid mobile penetration in emerging economies, FinTech may easily be the buzz word or the flavor of this decade. While FinTech refers to firms leveraging technology to deliver financial products/services or capabilities to customers or other financial services firms, it has also carved out its distinct offering to create a full-fledged sector group, complete with its own service providers, accelerators and market. Once a conduit of the traditional financial service sector, today, FinTech holds its own as a mainstay service sector.
Green sectors, such as renewable energy and sustainable agriculture, are the key to realizing sustainable growth. The economic potential is significant: Investment in green sectors in developing countries is expected to reach $6.4 trillion over the coming decade, with $1.6 trillion of that investment accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises. But what does it take to promote the growth of these sectors?
As firms seek new avenues for growth in emerging markets – strategies for tapping into “new
and underserved” markets have been on the radar of almost every major mass-market focused
firm. Comprising both urban slums and rural areas, these markets are exciting to firms, and for
Approximately 4.5 billion low-income people globally represent an annual
purchasing capacity of US$ 5 trillion (PPP), with India, East Africa and South East Asia
accounting for a sizable chunk of this market.
On September 14, 2012, IntelleCash Microfinance Network Company (IntelleCash) announced that it had taken a majority stake in Arohan Financial Services (Arohan) and would consolidate the two businesses. We believe that the IntelleCash/Arohan transaction represents the “leading edge” of what is likely to be a growing trend toward consolidation in the Indian microfinance industry. As the industry slowly recovers and grows post the AP crisis, the new regulatory environment and the need for MFIs to be larger and more efficient will be primary drivers of this consolidation trend.
The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise sector is crucial to India's economy.Although 95% of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise units are informal in nature, the contribution of the sector to India's GDP has been growing consistently at 11% per annum, higher than overall GDP growth of 7-8% . Poor infrastructure and inadequate market linkages are among key factors that have constrained the growth of the sector. However, lack of adequate and timely access to finance has continued to be the biggest challenge.
In December 2010 the Government of Andhra Pradesh (“AP”) passed a law (the “AP Act”, originally conceived in October 2010) which effectively shut down private sector microfinance in the State. The AP Government stated that its goal was to protect the poor. Now, 18 months later, the impact of the AP Act is clear: rather than protecting the poor, it has had the opposite effect, harming the poor by starving them of access to credit and basic financial services.
A study by Legatum Ventures, with contributions from Intellecap.
In the fall of 2010, a microfinance crisis started in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, and had implications for the industry nationwide. One of these had been the recommendations put forth to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) by the Malegam Committee. Intellecap released a white paper responding to these recommendations.