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A SWOT analysis of mobile electronic banking: the Zimbabwe case

A SWOT analysis of mobile electronic banking: the Zimbabwe case Zimbabwe is presently undergoing a transformative shift from a prevalently cash-based economy, to one using mobile electronic payments. The cash economy had the unintended consequence of excluding a large portion of the population from financial services, particularly banking services. This shift is significant for the economy because it has enabled the informal sector to tap into banking services. The Zimbabwean informal sector has gradually emerged as a major employer owing to economic challenges that have shrunk the formal sector. This reality has motivated mobile telephony companies to introduce innovative financial products targeting this sector. In this paper we use the SWOT framework to analyse the mobile banking sector in Zimbabwe. Our investigation seeks to inform stakeholders about the sector's potential and to caution about weaknesses that impact on stability and growth. We also characterise the processes involved in mobile banking to enable easy comparison of offerings from different service providers. Keywords: electronic finance; e-finance; mobile banking; m-banking; Zimbabwe ICTs; electronic banking; e-banking; developing nation. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Nyandoro, A. and Mahleko, B. (2015) `: the Zimbabwe case', Int. J. Electronic Finance, Vol. 8, Nos. 2/3/4, pp.218­238. Biographical notes: Alfandika Nyandoro is an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Electronic Finance Inderscience Publishers

A SWOT analysis of mobile electronic banking: the Zimbabwe case

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1746-0069
eISSN
1746-0077
DOI
10.1504/IJEF.2015.070531
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Abstract

Zimbabwe is presently undergoing a transformative shift from a prevalently cash-based economy, to one using mobile electronic payments. The cash economy had the unintended consequence of excluding a large portion of the population from financial services, particularly banking services. This shift is significant for the economy because it has enabled the informal sector to tap into banking services. The Zimbabwean informal sector has gradually emerged as a major employer owing to economic challenges that have shrunk the formal sector. This reality has motivated mobile telephony companies to introduce innovative financial products targeting this sector. In this paper we use the SWOT framework to analyse the mobile banking sector in Zimbabwe. Our investigation seeks to inform stakeholders about the sector's potential and to caution about weaknesses that impact on stability and growth. We also characterise the processes involved in mobile banking to enable easy comparison of offerings from different service providers. Keywords: electronic finance; e-finance; mobile banking; m-banking; Zimbabwe ICTs; electronic banking; e-banking; developing nation. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Nyandoro, A. and Mahleko, B. (2015) `: the Zimbabwe case', Int. J. Electronic Finance, Vol. 8, Nos. 2/3/4, pp.218­238. Biographical notes: Alfandika Nyandoro is an

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International Journal of Electronic FinanceInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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