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Exporting innovation and deepening engagement Reflecting on a year of consolidation and growth for financial services, it is satisfying to see just how much we have contributed to improving the livelihoods of some of the poorest people in our region. In this report you will see impressive numbers that illustrate how we have achieved deeper engagement in our core thematic areas and extended our reach to new communities. In terms of access to credit and financial literacy for example, we increased the number of people accessing financial services by over a third last year. Many of these new beneficiaries are using now familiar channels such as SACCOs and Mavuno Groups. Skills development remains a foundational aspect of our work. In Rwanda we concluded a three-year project phase in partnership with the Government, to deliver technical and vocational skills training for the informal sector. In just three years, five training centres were established and almost 3000 people accessed training ranging from metal work and fabrication to management and leadership training. In Uganda and Tanzania, the MasterCard Foundation supported the U-Learn Programme that has gone from strength to strength. The Mavuno saving and lending approach pioneered in Kenya has migrated successfully to Uganda and is a key component of our local skills development projects. It is thanks to these programmes that some of the most marginalized and inexperienced youths in the region now have the practical and life skills with which to improve their lives. Our inclusive markets approach, involving facilitation of private and public sector


Central, East and Southern Africa Regional Report 2015

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Swisscontact Regional Report 2015 East and Southern Africa  

Swisscontact Regional Report 2015 East and Southern Africa