Several people leaving in Kenya today have limited access to financial services. Many financial institutions have in the past been hesitant in providing services to these individuals as they didn’t meet the minimum profitable threshold. With emerging markets already embracing innovative technology and developing policies to increase financial inclusion, the time to shift gear and adapt to the technological changes and environment is here. The individuals categorised as unbanked don’t all share the same situation. Some lack access to finance from financial institutions while others simply have needs that existing institutions do not address. The development of the Microfinance Degree Programme seeks to close this gap and improve access to financial products and services by the bottom poor.
‘This achievement would not have been possible without the collaboration of various financial players who actively engaged with us at different stages especially in the analysis and identification of the skill gaps. The launch today is the beginning of a great journey. We have a solid partnership with the Co-operative University of Kenya and have plans to partner with other higher education institutions to adopt a similar curriculum that will see more professionals attain the adequate knowledge and skills to design solutions that will improve financial accessibility. Financial inclusion is not only about combatting poverty but also helping economies grow. Financial institutions operating in today’s markets need to tailor their existing offerings to successfully achieve profitable financial inclusion. This course will expose professionals to real-life challenges experienced in the financial sector and help them craft solutions for sustainable results,’ commented Mr. Wilfred Mututa, the Inclusive Finance Programme Project Coordinator in charge of the intervention.