MFW4A- Newsletter of the Making Finance Work for Africa Parntership
Making Finance Work for Africa
Issue 168 Newsletter | 10/2017

In Focus

2017 African Microfinance Week

SAM 2017 - Creating values for SMEs: A key role for microfinance
09.10.2017 - 13.10.2017  | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


The African Microfinance Week (SAM) is an event dedicated to the development of financial inclusion in Africa that takes place every two years. Alongside SAM2017 edition, ADA (a Luxembourg NGO working on Microfinance) and MFW4A jointly organized a conference titled 'Research Meets Africa' which took place on October 9th 2017. In addition, MFW4A held a side event on October 10th, showcasing the experience of SME support agencies in WAEMU region. Read more.

Global SME Finance Forum 2017

Register today for Global SME Finance Forum 2017


Join 400 leaders from banks, fintechs and development finance institutions at the Global SME Finance Forum 2017. Taking place in Berlin from November 1 to 3, this year's conference will explore issues around "Digitization of SME Finance". The program will include interactive sessions, study tours to high-performing institutions, fintech demos, a B2B marketplace and networking sessions. Learn more and register.

In The News This Fortnight

New AfDB Report - " Trade Finance In Africa: Overcoming Challenges "

The objective of this report is to deepen the understanding of the challenges facing bank-intermediated trade finance in Africa. Since the launch of the first survey in 2013, the trade finance landscape in Africa has evolved in terms of the overall size of bank-intermediated trade finance, unmet demand, and the performance of banks’ trade finance portfolios, among others... Read more.

Emerging Trends in Digital Delivery of Agri-finance
by Grace Njoroge, Financial Inclusion Advisor, KPMG & Howard Miller, Associate Consultant, Nathan Associates

This is the first in a series of three blogs on the role of technology in the rural finance projects supported by The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP). In this first blog, we explore the major trends in digital delivery that the FRP is seeing in its portfolio... Read More.

Building an Inclusive Digital Payments System: The Way Forward
R. Amoah, R. Bansal, A. Kasebele & Ariadne Plaitakis | The Better Than Cash Alliance

The FinTech Opportunity
T. Philippon | BIS

How Financial institutions and Fintech Are Partnering for Inclusion: Lessons from the Frontline
S. Kelly, D. Ferenzy and A. McGrath | CFI, IIF

Making Finance Work for Women Summit
24.10.2017 - 25.10.2017 | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Agricultural Risk Management: practices and lessons learned for development
25.10.2017 | Rome, Italy

Financial Inclusion Week 2017
30.10.2017 - 09.11.2017 | Global

MFW4A Parallel Session - 2017 African Microfinance Week

MFW4A Joint Initiative

Book Launch of "Financer l'Afrique: Densifier les systèmes financiers locaux" (FR)


MFW4A invites individual consultants and consulting firms to indicate their interest to support its Partnership's activities.


Consultancy services for a study on the causes of default of SMEs based on the example of the ARIZ Guarantee - AFD (FR)
Deadline: 13 October 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


Tel: (225)

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