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Making Finance Work for Africa
Issue 138 Newsletter | 03/2016

Financial Inclusion in Africa: What Role for Microfinance
By Professor Sylvanus Ikhide, University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa

Among the different financial inclusion strategies in Africa, microfinance stands out as a mechanism with strong potential for reducing poverty and inequality and promoting entrepreneurial finance. Microfinance institutions have emerged largely to meet the unfulfilled financing needs of the self-employed and of micro, small and medium scale enterprises. In this post, our guest blogger presents the case for a microfinance strategic framework to complement overall financial sector development in Africa.

Mapping Out the Future for Rwanda's Capital Markets

How should Rwanda develop its capital markets? This was the subject of a three-day roundtable discussion held last October in Rubavu, Rwanda, organized by the Rwanda Capital Market Authority (CMA) and the Milken Institute's Center for Financial Markets (CFM), with support from FSD Africa. Highlights from that discussion, including points of consensus and debate, are captured in the Milken Institute's new publication, "Framing the Issues: Developing Capital Markets in Rwanda."

Join our Expert Forums on Microinsurance in Africa

We've had an overwhelming response to the Microinsurance in Africa online Expert Forum series, organized by the Microinsurance Network, together with MFW4A and Munich Re Foundation. Now there are only few spots remaining for Module 2 so don't miss out and register now.


Module 2 - The Business Case for microinsurance in Africa 
24th March 2016 | 13:00 GMT / 08:00 EST
Register today >>

Module 3 - Distribution and Innovation

7th April 2016 | 13:00 GMT / 08:00 EST

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Framing the Issues: Developing Capital Markets in Rwanda
J. Irving, J. Schellhase, J. Woodsom | Milken Institute

Financial Inclusion in Rwanda 2016
Finscope, AFR 

Payment Aspects of Financial Inclusion
The World Bank, BIS

12th CAADP Partnership Platform
11.04.2016 - 15.04.2016 | Accra, Ghana

The 1st African Municipal Bonds Forum
25.04.2016 - 26.04.2016, Dakar, Senegal

Private Equity Africa
09.06.2016 | London, UK

Download our new thematic factsheet on agricultural finance





Uganda finds a "Home" for Agricultural Finance

An important milestone has been reached by the Government of Uganda with the Ministry of Finance officially taking on the mantle as the "Home of Agricultural Finance". The achievement is in line with the Kampala Principle No. 1 that underlines the importance of coordination to strengthen agricultural finance policy.

MFW4A on Pension capital in Southern Africa and beyond: New avenues for funding private equity

MFW4A presented its latest brief in SAVCA 2016 to further explore the approach of pension funds in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria in private equity.

The Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) Secretariat
African Development Bank
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Abidjan 01 - Côte d'Ivoire


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