MFW4A- Newsletter of the Making Finance Work for Africa Parntership
Making Finance Work for Africa
Issue 181 Newsletter | 04/2018

In The News This Fortnight

2017 Global Findex Report: Africa at a Glance

Measuring Financial Inclusion and the Fintech Revolution


The World Bank’s 2017 Global Financial Inclusion Index (“Global Findex”) released on 19th April, shows that the number of adults who own a mobile money account in sub-Saharan Africa has almost doubled since 2014. Approximately 60 million Africans have gained access to a digital money account since 2014. Today, nearly 123 million adults in sub-Saharan Africa have a mobile money account and the region remains the global leader in the use of mobile money. For more, click here.

Better Regulations Can Spur Agent Banking in WAEMU
by Corinne Riquet, Financial Inclusion Specialist, CGAP

The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) has taken significant steps toward financial inclusion in recent years. Mobile money has driven much of this progress under the aegis of regulations (...) However, WAEMU’s regulations make it difficult for banks and microfinance institutions to expand their own agent networks... Read more.

In Focus

Save the Date! MFW4A & NSE Webinar - 08 May 2018

Digital Transformation of African Capital Markets: The Case of M-Akiba
08 May 2018 | 11:00am GMT


Making Finance Work for Africa and the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) are pleased to present a webinar on "Digital Transformation of African Capital Markets: The Case of M-Akiba" on May 08, 2018 at 11H GMT. The webinar will discuss lessons learned from the M-Akiba product development process, notably, the design, planning and execution phases. Register Now!

Join MFW4A at the Africa SME Finance Forum

Breakout Session: Overcoming Trade Finance Challenges for SMEs in Africa


Join MFW4A to discuss the challenges of trade finance in Africa at the Africa SME Finance Forum in Nairobi on 16th May. Based on the African Development Bank’s publication “Trade Finance in Africa – Overcoming the Challenges” , the session will bring together representatives of international and pan-African banking groups, local banks, and development partners. Read more.

Uniting Tech and Touch: Why Centaur Products Are Better for Consumers and Providers - Evidence from Kenya
A. B. Olsen | Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

Gender and digital financial inclusion: What do we know and what do we need to know?
S. Gammage, A. Kes, L. Winograd, N. Sultana, S. Hiller & S. Bour | International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

Landscaping a Digital Financial Identity for SADC
Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA) | FinMark Trust

Africa Financial Services Investment Conference - AFSIC 2018
02.05.2018 - 04.05.2018 | London, UK

Making Microfinance Work: Managing Product Diversification
07.05.2018 - 11.05.2018 | Turin, Italy

Global Savings Groups Conference 2018
22.05.2018 - 24.05.2018 | Kigali, Rwanda

MFW4A and Partners Strengthen Capacity of WAEMU DFS Supervisors

  • MFW4A, GIZ, CGAP and the Toronto Centre, organized a workshop on Digital Financial Services (DFS) Supervision for the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) from 16 - 19 April 2018. The training was attended by supervisors and regulators from the WAEMU Banking Commission and the Central Bank and gave rise to rich exchanges on the various emerging issues in DFS. Read more.

The 2017 MFW4A Af
rica Financial News (AFN)

  • Compiled by MFW4A, the 2017 MFW4A AFN lists articles and op-eds on the African financial sector that featured in the MFW4A newsletters in 2017. These articles are available on the portal on both the French and English pages. Read the report.


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

Financial Consultant within the MFW4A Secretariat
Deadline: 11 May 2018

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