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African Pension Funds Roundtable - n° 170 Newsletter | 11/2017

In Focus

MFW4A's African Pension Funds Roundtable

Unlocking Domestic Institutional Capital in Support of AfDB's High 5 Agenda


The African Pension Funds Roundtable, jointly organized by Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) started on 7th November. The 2-day event brought together panelists from major African Pension Funds, Regulators, Policy Makers and AfDB staff to discuss among other topics, key drivers behind investment decisions of African institutional investors. Read more.

Register Now! Digital Financial Inclusion Webinar - 22 November 2017

Interoperability and collaboration between Fintechs, Financial Institutions and Mobile Money Providers: The FinForward Program
22 November 2017 | 02:00pm GMT


Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and Above & Beyond are pleased to present a webinar on interoperability and collaboration between Fintechs, Financial Institutions (FIs) and Mobile Money Providers (MMPs). The webinar will explore the recently launched FinForward program, a Fintech innovation and integration program that aims to accelerate the digitization of the financial sector in Africa. Register now!

In The News This Fortnight

The Tanzania Venture Capital Network

In this interview, Salum Awadh, Founder of the Tanzania Venture Capital Network, explains the reasons for the creation of the network, its scope of work and activities as well as the challenges and opportunities met by Venture Capital industry in Tanzania... Read more.

Are African leaders serious about using savings versus debt to better our African economies?
by Nthabiseng Moleko, Economics & Statistics Lecturer, Stellenbosch Business School

According to the Nigerian, South African and Kenyan pension regulators we have seen significant growth of pension assets in the last decade (...) The question is how is Africa using these funds more strategically to tackle inequality, underdevelopment and joblessness?... Read More.

Bright Africa - Private Equity 2017

Leapfrogging: The Key to Africa's Development - From Constraints to Investment Opportunities
M. Blimpo, M. Minges, W. Kouamé, T. Azomahou, E. Lartey and al. | World Bank

Building Resilience to Global Risks: Challenges for African Central Banks
B. Christensen & C. Upper | Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

15th Annual Investor's Conference on South African Debt Capital Markets
16.11.2017 - 17.11.2017 | Cape Town, South Africa

East Africa Microfinance Summit 2017
16.11.2017 - 17.11.2017 | Kampala, Uganda

21th African Securities Exchange Association Annual Conference
19.11.2017 - 21.11.2017 | Cairo, Egypt

Ghana Pension Funds Dialogue

Research Meets Africa Award

  • Cécile Godfroid's research received the award for the best research paper during the conference Research Meets Africa, co-sponsored by MFW4A, at the SAM 2017. This award consists on a grant of 1000 euros to continue her research and the invitation to present her paper at the European Microfinance Week in November 2017. The title of her research is " Relationship Lending in Microfinance: How does it Impact Client Dropouts? ".

MFW4A Side-Event - 2017 African Microfinance Week


The Migration and Development Fund (MDF), jointly set up by the AfDB, the French Government and the IFAD, launches its fourth call for proposals to provide funding for innovative projects in areas related to migrant remittances, local development and innovative financial products.


For more information, please consult the MDF guidance document (FR), and the project sheet template (FR) for any interested institution.
Deadline: 14 November 2017

The Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) Secretariat
African Development Bank
Immeuble du Centre de Commerce International d'Abidjan (CCIA)
Avenue Jean-Paul II, 01 B.P 1387
Abidjan 01 - Côte d'Ivoire


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