This study was commissioned by the Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Trust in Kenya to examine opportunities to support a financial graduation model, targeting the extremely poor and food insecure who receive cash transfers under the Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP). Specifically, the study team proposed to:
Analyse the opportunities and challenges of delivering a market-led financial graduation model in northern Kenya;
Examine the feasibility and viability of taking forward the recommendations of the “Markets and Poverty in Northern Kenya – Towards a Financial Graduation Model” report (Elliott and Fowler, 2012); and
Use findings to consider the feasibility of implementing financial graduation programming by FSD in northern Kenya.
Within this study, SGs are seen as a viable mechanism toward graduation of extremely poor communities. Of special interest to the SG practitioner will be chapters 4 and 5.