MFW4A- Newsletter of the Making Finance Work for Africa Parntership
Making Finance Work for Africa
Issue 119 Newsletter | 05/2015


Reducing the Cost of finance and Enhancing Financial Inclusion in Africa: Policy Options
By Paola Granata, Katie Kibuuka and Yira Mascaró

On average, lending spreads are higher in Africa than in other developing countries. Several government have reacted by establishing lending rate caps, yet these administrative measures can be counterproductive because interest rate ceilings do not ensure lower long-term lending rates and can adversely affect financial inclusion.

In this piece, the authors analyse the main components of spreads and explore a wide set of reforms that can help lower the cost of finance and ultimately increase financial inclusion while avoiding the negative effects of interest rate controls.

Mobile Money and Microfinance: A Match Made in Heaven or Marriage Gone Awry?
By Lokesh Kumar, Nishant Kumar and Anil SG

In this blog post, the authors explore the partnerships between Microfinance Institutions (MFI) and Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and their potential impacts, based on studies in India. 

Constraints to SME Financing

An excerpt from the Facilitating SME Financing through Improved Credit Reporting publication, a Report of the International Committee on Credit Reporting, chaired by the World Bank.

18.05.2015 | Rwanda: TransUnion launches credit score
The credit information should help banks conduct a proper risk assessment.

18.05.2015 | The BRVM launches SMS market news service in Ivory Coast
This initiative is intended to promote the spread of equity culture in the region.

15.05.2015 | Tunisia: New bank will support Tunisian exporters on African markets
The new institution should be operational in 2016.

14.05.2015 | MoneyGram and Western Union merger would raise money transfer costs, says remittance company
WorldRemit fears that Africans abroad would pay more for sending money home.

14.05.2015 | Senegal: Official launch of SME rating platform eRating
It is expected to improve the eligibility of SMEs to bank financing.

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

Mobile Money and Digital Payments Africa
2015 19.05.2015 - 22.05.2015 | Johannesburg, South Africa

The Global Forum on Remittances and Development (GFRD) 2015
16.06.2015 - 19.06.2015 | Milan, Italy

Making Cross Border Banking Work for Africa - Now Available in French

A joint effort by the AACB, the World Bank and GIZ, under the umbrella of MFW4A. The report was translated into French with the support of AFD.

Expression of Interest

We are inviting African research centres, universities and think tanks to express their interest for the organisation of national or regional financial sector events.

Working Paper Series: Call for Papers

Open to all professionals and academics looking to advance Africa's financial sectors. 

MFW4A is hiring a Coordinator of the MFW4A Secretariat.

Learn more at the MFW4A Opportunities page

If interested and qualified, please submit your application to:

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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