MFW4A- Newsletter of the Making Finance Work for Africa Parntership
Making Finance Work for Africa
Issue 114 Newsletter | 03/2015

Status and Development of Islamic Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa
Prepared by the study authors Enrique Gelbard, Mumtaz Hussain, Rodolfo Maino, Yibin Mu, and Etienne B. Yehoue 

The Islamic finance industry has been growing rapidly in various regions, and its banking segment has become systemic in some countries, with implications for macroeconomic and financial stability. While not yet significant in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), several features make Islamic finance instruments relevant to the region. In a recent paper, we provide a survey on Islamic Finance in SSA where on-going activities include Islamic banking, sukuk issuances (to finance infrastructure projects), Takaful (insurance), and microfinance. Read More.

Barriers and Obstacles to Financial Integration in Africa
The following is an excerpt from the African Development Report 2014, a flagship publication of the African Development Bank. Read the article here.

The MFW4A Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of the MFW4A Working Paper Series. The purpose of this Series is to enhance dissemination of current research on financial sector development in Africa, including communication of the findings to policy makers and practitioners.

For more information on how to submit papers, benefits to authors and contacts, click here.

Microinsurance Business Models for Africa
09.03.2015 - 12.03.2015 | Zambezi Sun, Livingstone, Zambia


2015 Global Money Week 
09.03.2015 - 17.03.2015 | Worldwide


2015 Africa CEO Forum
16.03.2015 - 17.03.2015 | Geneva, Switzerland

Africa's Abundant Treasury

In this latest article, MFW4A's David Ashiagbor explores the potential of Africa's pension funds in unlocking private equity investments in Africa. 

Report on Women's Access to Financial Services in Zambia

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.

Agricultural Finance Policy Coordination in Africa: Synthesis Report

This synthesis report presents a set of five country case studies (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, and Zambia), commissioned by MFW4A supported by GIZ on behalf of BMZ.

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