FSD Africa

Created in 2012, the Financial Sector Development program (FSD) Africa is a £30 million financial sector development Program or ‘FSD’ based in Nairobi. It is funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).

FSD Africa aims to reduce poverty across sub-Saharan Africa by building financial markets that are efficient, robust and inclusive. FSD Africa is a market facilitator or catalyst. It applies a combination of resources, expertise and research to address financial market failures and deliver a lasting impact.

FSD Africa has a mandate to work across sub-Saharan Africa on issues that relate to both ‘financial inclusion’ and ‘finance for growth.’ FSD Africa is also a regional platform. It fosters collaboration, best practice transfer, economies of scale and coherence between development agencies, donors, financial institutions, practitioners and government entities with a role in financial market development in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, FSD Africa provides strategic and operational support to the FSD Network.



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Capacity Building
Initiative / Program

Geographical Scope


Type of Cap Building

Market Development

Funding / Investment / CapBuild type

- Grants
- Equity
- Loans
- Guarantees

Technical or other assistance

- Expertise: FSD Africa expertise takes the form of ‘know what’ such as specialist technical assistance and capacity building, or ‘know who’ such as new alliances or connections.

- Research: FSD Africa research takes the form of new learning or insights such as market intelligence, cross-border studies and policy analysis.

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