MFW4A- Newsletter of the Making Finance Work for Africa Parntership
Making Finance Work for Africa
Issue 185 Newsletter | 06/2018

The Digital World and a Human Economy: Mobile Money and Socio-Economic Development in Africa
by Dr. Sean Maliehe & Prof. John Sharp, Research Fellows, University of Pretoria

(...) The literature talks about a shift across Africa from small, independent agents to agency banks as the principal actors in agency networks.  But whether involving the banks more closely is a good idea is an open question. 


From our vantage, we are deeply aware that the big banks played no small part in killing mobile money, and its potential to serve the poor in South Africa... Read more.

In Focus

Save the date! MFW4A-CAHF Housing Finance Webinar - 21 June 2018

Webinar - Lowering the high interest rate cost of housing finance in Africa
21 June 2018 | 01:00pm GMT

Making Finance Work for Africa and the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) are pleased to present on Thursday, 21 June 2018 at 1:00pm GMT a webinar entitled, "Lowering the high interest rate cost of housing finance in Africa".


This webinar is based on an eponymous report authored by Michael Fuchs for CAHF, and the session will provide insights into the measures that might be taken to reduce the interest rate cost of housing across the continent. Register now!

Save the Date! Agriculture Insurance Webinar - 27 June 2018

Webinar - Enhancing Access to Index-Based Weather Insurance: A New Marketing Approach in Burkina Faso
27 June 2018 | 02:00pm GMT

Making Finance Work for Africa, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Planet Guarantee, University of Kent and Oklahoma State University are pleased to present a webinar on "Enhancing Access to Index-Based Weather Insurance: A New Marketing Approach in Burkina Faso" on 27 June, 2018 at 13H00 GMT.


Based on the findings of a study conducted in Burkina Faso, the webinar will provide an overview of the state of the index-based weather insurance in Africa, and will subsequently explore the challenges facing agriculture insurance uptake across the continent. Register Now!

Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS)
24.06.2018 - 26.06.2018 | Washington D.C, US

The Micro, SME & Housing Finance Summer Academy
09.07.2018 - 13.07.2018 | Frankfurt, Germany

The Sovereign Investment Academy
09.07.2018 - 13.07.2018 | Milano, Italy

MFW4A hosts a workshop on “Closing the Trade Finance Gap for African SMEs” in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from 19-20 June, 2018

  • The event brings together African banks, financial institutions, and development partners to identify and investigate the barriers to bank-intermediated trade finance in Africa, with a focus on the specific challenges and solutions for small- and medium-sized enterprises. Participants include professionals and specialists from Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, and Senegal. Find more about the event, and the agenda, here.

MFW4A joins Pension Funds from Francophone Africa at the 26th CIPRES Conference

  • On June 01, 2018, members of the MFW4A secretariat attended an event—organized by The FINACTU Group and held in Geneva—to present a study, entitled "Demographic Ageing: a test to pension plans in Africa (FR)" to the pension fund managers and policy makers of Francophone Africa. The side-event offered the MFW4A Partnership the opportunity to establish a dialogue with the CIPRES governing authorities and with the attending pension fund managers, in order to identify new perspectives and strategies for the Partnership's long-term finance activities in Francophone Africa. Read more.


MFW4A invites individual consultants to indicate their interest to support our activities.

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Deadline: 26 June 2018

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Abidjan 01 - Côte d'Ivoire


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