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Making Finance Work for Africa
Issue 178 Newsletter | 03/2018

Islamic Microfinance: Financing Model for Economic Growth in Côte d'Ivoire
by Mohamed Agrebi, Senior Operations Officer, MFW4A

At the crossroads of conventional microfinance and the principles of Islamic Finance is Islamic Microfinance, a concept that is rapidly growing and which enables millions of disadvantaged people, be they Muslims or otherwise, access innovative financial services aimed at assuring their well-being. (...) Today in Côte d’Ivoire, there are two distinct sectors that are directly linked to economic growth; the agricultural and SME sectors. These sectors contribute to the tune of 25%  and 18%  respectively towards the national GDP and employ more than 70% of the working population... Read more.

In Focus

Save the Date! MFW4A Webinar Series on Islamic Finance - 13 March 2018

Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) is collaborating with the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) to present a webinar themed "Islamic Finance: Enhancing Financial Inclusion in Africa" on March 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am GMT. The session is the third of a four-part series on the prospects of Islamic Finance in Africa and the challenges associated with its development on the continent. Read more.

Save the Date! MFW4A Webinar on Trade Finance - 21 March 2018

Overcoming Challenges of Trade Finance in Africa
21 March 2018 | 02:30pm GMT


Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) is collaborating with the African Development Bank (AfDB), to present a webinar themed ”Overcoming Challenges of Trade Finance in Africa” on Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 14h30 GMT. The webinar will also serve to kick start the MFW4A Trade Finance Initiative, a collaborative effort between BMZ/GIZ and the AfDB. The Initiative aims to mobilize the broader trade finance community in Africa and abroad to establish a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform. Register now to join the session!

14th Annual Global Microfinance Forum
15.03.2018 - 16.03.2018 | Munich, Germany

2nd Pension Funds and Alternative Investments Conference
15.03.2018 - 16.03.2018 | Balaclava, Mauritius

Regulation and Innovation in the Age of FinTech
22.03.2018 - 23.03.2018 | London, UK

MFW4A to attend the 2nd Pension Funds & Alternative Investments Conference in Balaclava, Mauritius from 15 – 16 March 2018

  • Follow David Ashiagbor, @DavidAshiagbor, the MFW4A Partnership Coordinator, and speaker at the 2nd Pension Funds and Alternative Investments Conference to be held on 15 – 16 March 2018, in Balaclava, Mauritius. Also use @AMEtrade_F_I & @mfw4a to follow the event on social media. Read more.

African Pension Funds and Housing Opportunities and Challenges - The MFW4A Webinar Report is out!

  • This first edition of a series of three webinars on the relationship between pension funds and housing finance was held on February 22, 2018. Participants discussed challenges and opportunities for pension funds in financing the housing industry. This webinar series is a joint initiative of MFW4A and CAHF. Read the Report.

The 2017 SAM Report is out!

  • The Report titled "Creating Value for SMEs : A New Frontier for Inclusive Finance", is out ! It details the proceedings of the African Microfinance Week dedicated to the development of financial inclusion in Africa which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 9th to the 13th October, 2017. MFW4A participated in this biennial event as co-organizer of the "Research Meets Africa" conference and facilitated a side-event dedicated to non-banking financial services in WAEMU region. Read more on the report.

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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