Innovation Platforms

Catalysing new thinking to overcome challenges to an inclusive and growing financial sector.

Disrupting the market, challenging traditional thinking

We seek to utilise expertise within our team and among global experts to package and present insights and product development rigour to galvanise new thinking in the financial sector.

We are building an active community of innovators from a wide range of sectors, who we bring together for innovation sprints, workshops and gatherings, offering opportunities for the development of innovative solutions that can lead to sustainable improvement in financial inclusion.

FinSights Lab

A nimble and flexible research platform which responds to market demand and is currently onboarding and working with financial service providers looking to develop successful business solutions.



An ambitious innovation sprint that brings together forward-thinkers in a dynamic environment that supports new ideas and solutions which can fill the demand-supply gap in the financial sector. Participants are taken on a journey of understanding through conversation, analysis of relevant market data and expert guidance.



Working closely with financial partners, this programme aims to enhance their capabilities to manage and analyse data, develop and innovate new business models and reflect and share lessons learned. Financial service providers are carefully selected and provided with the funding and technical assistance needed to develop, test and take new products to market.


The Gathering

A one-of-a kind, thought-provoking series of events that creates a platform and networking space to trigger discussion on the future of the financial sector in Tanzania. [link to The Gathering video on YouTube] 

  • Links to resources (past events + FSDT data)
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Latest news

Look Before You Link: The Value for Banks in Working with Savings Groups
3rd November 2017
Across Africa, millions of people use and trust savings groups and other informal savings mechanisms (ISMs). They provide financial services that formal financial services providers (FSPs) often can’t. Savings at the Frontier (SatF) is a multi-year partnership between Mastercard Foundation and Oxford Policy Management to help FSPs find ways to link with ISMs, benefitting both […]
Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT) driving the financial inclusion agenda through digital innovation
14th August 2017
Digital financial services have had a remarkable impact on financial inclusion in Tanzania. Since its inception in 2008, mobile money usage has grown to 17m active users, enabling millions of previously unbanked Tanzanians to have convenient, affordable access to payment services.
Bill Gates in Dar es Salaam this week to support financial inclusion and the future of digital financial services in Tanzania
14th August 2017
This week, Bill Gates was in Dar es Salaam to support Tanzania’s financial inclusion agenda, among other BMGF projects. Joining leaders from government, financial service providers, mobile network operators and digital financial service providers, he took part in roundtable discussions to explore the potential contribution of digital financial services in improving livelihoods and enterprise productivity across the country.


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