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Making Finance Work for Africa
Issue 115 Newsletter | 03/2015

Financial Sector Policies for Enterprise Development in Africa

Prepared by the study authors Andy Mullineux and Victor Murinde

In most African economies, banks remain the major source of external capital for both large businesses as well as small enterprises, and indeed for the private sector and the economy as a whole. However, there remain well-documented impediments to the flow of credit, especially to micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs). The major market imperfection is 'asymmetric information'. In other words, it is costly to collect and process the information necessary to select the least risky borrowers, or to 'screen' them, and it also costly to 'monitor' their use of the borrowed funds, which explains why banks ration the supply of credit, especially to MSMEs. Read the full article.

Financing Agriculture Forum 2015
11.05.2015 - 15.05.2015 | Istanbul, Turkey

5th Annual Banking and Finance Conference
19.05.2015 - 20.05.2015 | Nairobi, Kenya

African Microfinance Week 2015
29.06.2015 - 03.07.2015 | Dakar, Senegal

Announcement and Call for Papers for 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.

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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