Who We Are

The Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership (MFW4A) is an initiative to support the development of African financial sectors. We are a unique platform for African governments, the private sector, and development partners to coordinate financial sector development interventions across the continent, avoiding duplication and maximizing developmental impact.

The MFW4A  Secretariat was established as the executive arm of the Partnership and works to advance the goals of the Partnership. Operating as an independent entity, the Secretariat is hosted within the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Vision

MFW4A Partners share a common vision of innovative, sustainable, competitive and diverse African financial systems, providing near universal access by 2030, and offering a full range of products and services for the continent.

Mission

To be the reference platform for advocacy, knowledge sharing and cooperation on financial sector development in Africa. 

Who We Are

The Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership (MFW4A) is an initiative to support the development of African financial sectors. We are a unique platform for African governments, the private sector, and development partners to coordinate financial sector development interventions across the continent, avoiding duplication and maximizing developmental impact.

The MFW4A  Secretariat was established as the executive arm of the Partnership and works to advance the goals of the Partnership. Operating as an independent entity, the Secretariat is hosted within the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Vision

MFW4A Partners share a common vision of innovative, sustainable, competitive and diverse African financial systems, providing near universal access by 2030, and offering a full range of products and services for the continent.

Mission

To be the reference platform for advocacy, knowledge sharing and cooperation on financial sector development in Africa. 

Our Staff

Abdelkader Benbrahim
Abdelkader Benbrahim
Partnership Coordinator

Abdelkader Benbrahim is the Partnership Coordinator of Making Finance Work for Africa. Until June 2020, Mr. Benbrahim was a Financial Sector Advisor leading MFW4A’s Financial Inclusion work stream. His work focused on positively influencing policy makers to address policy and regulatory constraints for digital financial services and inclusive finance. He also lead MFW4A’s efforts in remittances and housing finance. 

 

Prior to joining MFW4A, he worked for Global Affairs Canada supporting its Information and Communication Technology development function, serving in both the President’s and Minister’s offices. He holds a master’s degree in Information Systems and Digital Innovation from London School of Economics and Political Science Management Studies and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is multilingual communicator in Arabic, English and French.

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Front Office
Nawel Annabi
Nawel Annabi
Administrative Assistant

Nawel is the administrative assistant for MFW4A. She manages procurement procedures and assists the Coordinator with resource management and budget review. She manages the travel and logistical arrangements for the Team and provides support for MFW4A’s events.

Before MFW4A, she worked as a database assistant and was previously a technical support assistant for Hewlett Packard. Nawel received a license in Information Management from the High School of Technology in Tunisia.

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Toniemai
Toniemai King Andrews
Senior Communications Officer

Toniemai is the Senior Communications Officer for the MFW4A team. A Marketing and Communications professional with 12 years of experience in the financial sector, prior to MFW4A Toniemai worked for prestigious New York investment firm Jennison Associates/Prudential Financial where her role as Senior Associate encompassed various Marketing, Communications and Relationship Management responsibilities.

She founded a strategic communications consultancy in 2017 helping clients achieve their communications goals. She holds a master’s in International Affairs-Finance from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude. She was awarded the Makuu Award for Academic Excellence and is a United Negro College Fund fellow.

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Financial Stability & Governance
Hugues
Hugues Kamewe Tsafack
Financial Sector Advisor

Hugues is a Financial Sector Development specialist with over 15 years of professional experience in multicultural environment. He leads MFW4A’s activities in agricultural finance, SME finance, trade finance and banking supervision.

Prior joining MFW4A, he was a Regional Advisor at the World Savings Banks Institute (WSBI) providing leadership advice to senior executives of African savings banks on enterprise reforms to transform them into fully-fledged retail banks. His work also involved analytical contributions to international organizations activities. A Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Executive Education alumni, he was awarded a certificate for the completion of the “Rethinking Financial Inclusion” Leadership Program in 2016. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Lyon II in France.

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Knowledge Management
Guy
Guy R. Menan
Knowledge & Research Manager

Guy is the Research and Knowledge Manager of MFW4A. He has over 15 years of experience in the financial sector in Africa and the US. He began his career at Hudson, a brokerage firm in Cote d’Ivoire before joining SOAGA, a regional asset management firm as the Head of Research.

In this role, Guy contributed to the inception of the Central African capital markets, advised on major investments for the West African Investment Fund and monitored stock movements on the BRVM (Regional Securities Exchange). He also worked as an Investment Officer with the Alexandria-based fund Venture Verde and at the North American HQ of Roche. Prior to joining MFW4A, Guy worked at a New-York-based research firm, focusing on African frontier markets. Guy is a graduate of the Polytechnic National Institute of Cote d’Ivoire and holds an MS-MBA in Finance from the Kelley School of Business in Indiana.

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Alain
Alain-Stéphane Moulot
Associate Research Officer

Alain-Stéphane is an Associate Research Officer with MFW4A. Prior to joining the Partnership, he worked as a Strategy & Management consultant for financial institutions, focusing on the banking and insurance sectors in Côte d’Ivoire.

He also has experience as a Mortgage Loan Analyst at Avenue 365 Lenders’ Services based in Pennsylvania. Alain-Stéphane holds bachelor and MBA degrees in Finance respectively from Temple University and Philadelphia University, where he was the recipient of various leadership and finance awards including the “Lincoln Financial Finance Case Competition” and the “Who’s Who in American Universities” awards.

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Our Members

Governing Members

The AfDB is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. AfDB’s priority areas (High5s) are: Light up & power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. There are 80-member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).

Afreximbank was established in Abuja, Nigeria in October, 1993 by African Governments, African private and institutional investors as well as non-African financial institutions and private investors for the purpose of financing, promoting and expanding intra-African and extra-African trade. Afreximbank is headquartered in Cairo with branch offices in Harare, Abuja, Abidjan and Nairobi.

 

AFD is France’s inclusive public development bank. AFD commits financing and technical assistance to projects that genuinely improve everyday live, both in developing and emerging countries, and in the French overseas provinces. AFD works in many sectors — energy, healthcare, biodiversity, water, digital technology, professional training, among others.

GIZ is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. GIZ’s main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organisations. The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is responsible for Dutch foreign policy as well as policy regarding the Netherlands’ cooperation with Europe and is accountable to Parliament. The Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation is responsible for policy on trade, development cooperation and foreign aid.

EIB is the EU's bank and is the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the EU Member States. EIB provides finance and expertise for sustainable investment projects that contribute to EU policy objectives. EIB’s activities focus on four priority areas: Innovation and skills, Access to finance for smaller businesses, Infrastructure, and Climate and environment.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung), BMZ, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. Founded in 1961, the Ministry works to encourage economic development within Germany and in other countries through international cooperation and partnerships.

Partners

Our Supervisory Board

Gaëlle Le Cleac'h
Senior Operations Lead
Financial systems
AFD
Wolfgang Bücker
Head, Sector Programme
Financial Systems Development, Economic and Social Development
GIZ
Adriaan van Velthoven
Policy Officer Financial Sector Development
Department of Sustainable Economic Development
MFA
Nina Fenton
Senior Economist
EIB
Wambui Chege
Independent Chair
Independent
Yolanda Embid Segura
Senior Loan Officer
Financial Sector Division, Global Partners
EIB