This Yearly Report covers the first year of MFW4A's 2015-2017 strategy and its portfolio of initiatives. The strategy was shaped by extensive consultations with our governance bodies and other stakeholders, and builds on our successes while integrating lessons learnt. The report presents MFW4A's achievements in 2015 towards its ambitious goal of building innovative, robust and competitive financial systems in Africa capable of making financial services available on an appropriate and affordable basis for all.

This Yearly Report presents MFW4A's work in 2014, the last year of the Partnership's three-year strategy (2012-2014). The report presents MFW4A's achievements according to key priorities identified in its three-year strategic plan. It demonstrates the combined efforts and valuable inputs of the MFW4A Secretariat and its partners.

This new report by New Faces New Voices (NFNV) aims to understand gender usage and behavior towards financial services in Zambia. The study was commissioned by Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ), together with the Bank of Zambia and GIZ on behalf of BMZ, under the umbrella of MFW4A.

This report on the 2014 Partnership Forum highlight key messages from the discussions held in Dakar, Senegal on June 11-12, 2014. The event under the theme, New frontiers in African Finance, brought together more than 300 participants from over 40 countries and provided an exceptional opportunity for African opinion leaders, financial sector stakeholders and development partners to take stock of progress in Africa's financial systems, share experiences, exchange best practices, and present innovative approaches to African finance.

This synthesis report presents a set of five country case studies (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, and Zambia), commissioned to advance the work of the Making Finance Work for Africa's (MFW4A) Agricultural Finance Stakeholder Working Group's (AFSWG) Institutional Development Focus Group. The overarching objective of this case study work are to assess the extent of policy coordination in each of the five countries selected, to enable stakeholders to take well-informed decisions and actions, to strengthen policy and its coordination through either existing or new agricultural finance policy coordinating bodies, and to provide recommendations the AFSWG for its planned advocacy and implementation phase. The set of case studies underlying this policy brief was commissioned by MFW4A supported by GIZ on behalf of BMZ.

This joint publication provides information that is crucial to a better understanding and appreciation of the pensions industry in Africa, with a focus on Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Providing expert insights from practitioners in the industry, this comparative analysis aims to advance the dialogue on private equity among African pension fund managers, pensioners, regulators and other industry stakeholders and further the exchange of best practices across the region and with other emerging and developed markets.

This Yearly Report presents MFW4A's work in 2013, the second year of the Partnership's three-year strategy. Following the introduction on opportunities and challenges in Africa's financial sectors, the report describes MFW4A's achievements according to key priorities identified in the strategic plan 2012-2014. The report demonstrates the combined efforts and valuable inputs of the MFW4A Secretariat and its partners.

Despite the increased attention paid to and the acknowledged relevance of cross- border banking, there continues to be a lack of comprehensive research and analysis of this topic as the basis for developing a coordinated policy agenda. This report, officially launched at the MFW4A 2014 Partnership Forum, aims to fill this gap by providing a comprehensive analysis of the growth of cross-border banking in Africa; assessing the benefits and risks of the expanding cross-border linkages; assessing regulatory frameworks and current arrangements for cross-border supervisory cooperation; and discussing advisable supervisory approaches and policies to balance the benefits with the risks of deepening cross-border linkages.

The report presents the activities conducted by the MFW4A Partnership Secretariat with reference to the establishment of a Formal Network of SME Support Agencies in the WAEMU area. The network's goals includes support for coordination and exchanges around the tools for enhancing the performance of SMEs, promoting knowledge sharing on SMEs in WAEMU and harmonising support operations with a view of facilitating access to banking and non-banking financing for the target companies. 

This Yearly Report presents the activities conducted by the MFW4A Partnership Secretariat during 2012. The report highlights significant outcomes during the year with reference to the key strategic areas set forth in the Partnership's three-year strategy. The achievements last year in promoting financial sector development in Africa demonstrate the combined efforts and valuable inputs of the MFW4A Secretariat and its partners.  

This briefing note presents the summary of the findings of the upcoming Landscape of Micro-insurance in Africa 2012 publication. The study provides up-to-date data on micro-insurance providers, products, distribution channels, and market trends, and includes a high level overview of regulatory developments.

This policy brief offers to African policy makers and other stakeholders involved in the policy making process a set of high priority policy recommendations designed to advance African women’s financial inclusion.

The Report summarizes the roundtable discussions held on The Cross-border Regulation and Supervision of Regional Banks in Africa during the 2012 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, DC.

The African Financial Sector Development Stakeholder Profile Catalogue features factsheets of strategic African public and private institutional stakeholders and key shapers of FSD across the continent. The catalogues aims to present stakeholders and offer greater visibility of their mission and activities.

This document present the report of the first MFW4A Advisory Council Meeting. The Advisory Committee (AC) has recently been established as an additional structure within the MFW4A Partnership. The AC gathers key “shapers” of financial sector development (FSD) in Africa, and includes representatives of Finance Ministries, central banks, the private sector, pan-African bodies and with the donor community (as observers).

MFW4A is pleased to present its first yearly report. During 2011, the Secretariat successfully continued to position the MFW4A Partnership as an emerging leader in the financial sector development policy debate and knowledge dissemination in Africa, while strengthening its internal capacity and setting up the new governance structure for the Partnership. The achievements summarised here represent the combined efforts and valuable inputs of the MFW4A Secretariat and its partners.

The second Partnership Forum was organised by the MFW4A Secretariat in conjunction with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), with the support of the African Union (AU). The objective of the Forum was to provide a networking platform for African Financial Sector Champions from the Public and Private Sector to take stock of recent developments and discuss current Financial Sector Development Efforts in Africa.

This Policy Brief provides a set of policy recommendations designed to help promote the expansion of agricultural finance in Africa. It is addressed to African policy makers from the broad range of ministries, from central banks and regulatory authorities involved in agricultural finance. It concerns also donors, financial institutions and farmers’ organizations engaging in policy dialogue and advocacy.

In collaboration with the Secretariat of the Association of African Central Banks (AACB), the Partnership for Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) organized a policy workshop on “The African Approach to the Implementation of International Standards for Banking Supervision and the Basel Capital Framework”. The Bank of Uganda (BoU) hosted the workshop from April 28th-29th 2011 in Kampala, Uganda. This brief report summarises the proceedings of the workshop.

This report provides an insight into the lively discussions of the conference, the business cases presented, and the elaboration of the Kampala Principles.

"Financing Africa" is a landmark study on the financial sector in Africa. Using the most recent data available, it documents recent trends in Africa’s financial sectors, progress in the provision of financial services, the state of the continent’s financial services infrastructure, and the efficiency of African financial systems. It takes stock of recent changes and reviews the long-term prospects for African finance and proceeds to provide policy analysis and recommendations for policymakers, development partners, and financial institutions.

Below are the datasets (in Excel) used for the publication's analysis:

Figure Data
Financial Sector Data
Regulatory Framework Data

This document is the executive summary of the upcoming publication "Financing Africa: Through the Crisis and Beyond".

This study reviews the experience of regional financial integration in both the European Union (EU) and in Asia and draws lessons for Africa. It also develops a generic roadmap for Regional Financial Integration (RFI), describing the various stages, their characteristics, policy and institutional requirements.

This paper builds on the 2009 MFW4A Conference “Promoting Financial Capability and Consumer Protection, A Step Forward Towards Financial Inclusion in Africa”. It identifies opportunities for partnership and suggests some innovative new approaches to making progress toward more healthy and sustainable financial inclusion.

Making Finance Work for Africa takes a panoramic view of Africa's financial systems, both at the large scale ("finance for growth") and the smalle scale ("finance for all"). It presents a policy approach that addresses African priorities and can work in African conditions. It challenges the applicability of some conventional views on a range of issues from securities markets and banking regulation to the organization of microfinance institutions.