Stephen Peachey is a financial sector information specialist and has over 30 years’ experience of financial sector development at both policy and individual institutional levels. His most recent work has included engineering more usable and affordable but still sustainable product offerings at ten savings banks worldwide (seven in Africa) with a view to at least doubling the number of usable savings accounts in the hands of the poor. Separately, he has worked on detailed product and channel costing models for more than ten retail banks across the developed and developing world and on studies of branchless financial services in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Stephen’s country experience comprises almost all the countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well as many across Sub-Saharan Africa including Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. He has also worked in China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam; Saudi Arabia and Morocco; as well as Mexico and El Salvador.
He is currently working with Oxford Policy Management on a 5½ year, three country program to help informal savings and loan groups connect with formal financial service providers to improve access for members as part of The MasterCard Foundation’s Savings at the Frontier initiative.