Publications

Title Author Date Type
Savings at the Frontier brochure Client report October 2017

This brochure introduces the Savings at the Frontier Programme, a partnership between OPM and Mastercard Foundation.

PDF icon Savings at the Frontier brochure Robert Stone, Sukhwinder Arora Savings at the Frontier Financial sector development, Private sector development Blog Piece 5: Look before you link: The Value for Banks in Working with Savings Groups Research July 2017

A blog exploring why financial services providers (FSPs) may be interested in working with current users of informal savings mechanisms (ISMs). The blog draws on findings from fieldwork undertaken in Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia under the Savings at the Frontier (SatF) programme.

PDF icon Blog Piece 5: Look before you link: The Value for Banks in Working with Savings Groups - July 2017 Stephen Peachey Savings at the Frontier Link to the full text on Mastercard Foundation website Financial sector development, Private sector development Trade Liberalization Research December 2015 9781137371379

The period of transition from socialism to capitalism in parts of Europe and Asia over the past 25 years has attracted considerable interest in academia and beyond. From the Editors of Palgrave's iconic series 'Studies in Economic Transition' comes the Palgrave Dictionary of Emerging Markets and Transition Economics.

Purchase a copy of the book Private sector development In Focus: Financial and Private Sector Development OPM In Focus April 2015

Our In Focus papers summarise the services provided by each of our teams and evidence this work with examples of a range of projects. This edition focuses on our experience in Financial Sector Development.

PDF icon In Focus: Financial and Private Sector Development Robert Smith Financial sector development, Private sector development Assessment of the private health sector in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Client report March 2015

This consultancy was commissioned by the Department for International Development ( DFID ) Somalia and contributes to the design of DFID Somalia ’s post - 2016 health programming. It is an exploratory piece or work , with the following core objectives : (a) Achieve a deeper understanding of the role and current dynamics of the private sector in the health sector in Somalia; and (b) Develop recommendations for private sector engagement.

PDF icon Somalia Private Sector Assessment .pdf Understanding private health care in Somalia Health financing, Private sector development Liz O’Neill and Ahmed Mohamed Aden Economic Statistic Guide Client report January 2015

This topic guide provides an overview of the most important regularly produced economic statistics and the relevant international standards for each of them.

PDF icon Economic Statistic Guide Albert Pijuan, Matthew Powell Finding common ground: Guiding donor activity in resource-rich countries Financial sector development, Private sector development Philip Turnbull Strategic Evaluation of WFP'S Pilot Purchase for Progress Initiative (2008–2013) Client report December 2014

The summative final evaluation of the WFP’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) pilot initiative (2008–2013), assessed the quality and results of the initiative and the extent these received can be used to inform the implementation of the WFP strategic plan.

The evaluation recommends completing ongoing activities and analysis; focusing future programme activity where favourable conditions exist; mainstreaming the demand (procurement) side of P4P-like programmes where WFP presents comparative advantages; considering adaptation of organizational systems to support mainstreaming; and developing guidelines for future WFP pilots.

Abigail Carpio, Marian Guest, Stephen Jones Supporting smallholder farmers: evaluating the outcome of the WFP Purchase for Progress Pilot Initiative Strategic Evaluation of WFP'S Pilot Purchase for Progress Initiative (2008–2013) Financial sector development, Private sector development Rachel Percy, Rising to the challenge: Optimising value for money from challenge funds OPM Briefing Note September 2013 978-1-902477-13-8 2042-0595

This OPM Briefing Note provides two new tools for maximising the value for money (VfM) of Challenge Funds. 

PDF icon Rising to the challenge David Hoole, Richard Williams, Robert Smith Financial sector development, Private sector development, Public financial management Mass retail banking: how savings banks in Africa, Asia and Latin America can provide usable services to the poor Research May 2012

World Savings Banks Institute (WSBI) is working with savings banks in order to double the number of savings accounts in the hands of the poor. This specific study relates to sharing lessons under the programme funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. OPM consultants along with POFIB Development, a specialist Dutch postal financial services consultancy, have been working with WSBI to document the product features and assess how savings banks can provide usable services to the poor.

The paper can be accessed by following the link below.

Stephen Peachey, Sukhwinder Arora Mass retail banking: how savings banks in Africa, Asia and Latin America can provide usable services to the poor Private sector development Weselina Angelow, Piet Biemans Towards Building an Inclusive Financial Sector: Lessons from South Africa Research April 2005

The South African case substantiates the efforts taken by an economy characterised by significant social and economic divides to bring previously excluded population segments into the mainstream financial sector. In doing so it has chosen to follow a market-led approach. Notwithstanding the differences in approaches followed by India and SA, one could identify some useful lessons from the initiatives taken by the latter.

Sukhwinder Arora Towards Building an Inclusive Financial Sector: Lessons from South Africa Private sector development Jeremy Leach