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The MFW4A resource hub provides a collection of links, documents, and newsletters on financial sector development and Africa. Our library is constantly updated: click on one of the categories below to start browsing!



This joint publication provides information that is crucial to a better understanding and appreciation of the pensions industry in Africa, with a focus on Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Providing expert insights from practitioners in the industry, this comparative analysis aims to advance the dialogue on private equity among African pension fund managers, pensioners, regulators and other industry stakeholders and further the exchange of best practices across the region and with other emerging and developed markets. The Commonwealth, MFW4A and EMPEA chose to focus on private equity as it can be an attractive option for African companies in search of capital and can be a catalyst for job creation and economic growth, particularly in the context of underdeveloped capital markets where there is a lack of long-term financing.

The "Pension Funds and Private Equity: Unlocking Africa's Potential" book is available for download in PDF format.

Despite the increased attention paid to and the acknowledged relevance of cross- border banking, there continues to be a lack of comprehensive research and analysis of this topic as the basis for developing a coordinated policy agenda. This report, officially launched at the MFW4A 2014 Partnership Forum, aims to fill this gap by providing a comprehensive analysis of the growth of cross-border banking in Africa; assessing the benefits and risks of the expanding cross-border linkages; assessing regulatory frameworks and current arrangements for cross-border supervisory cooperation; and discussing advisable supervisory approaches and policies to balance the benefits with the risks of deepening cross-border linkages.

The "Making Cross-Border Banking Work for Africa" book is available for download in either PDF or eBook friendly tablet reader formats.

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"Financing Africa" is a landmark study on the financial sector in Africa. Using the most recent data available, it documents recent trends in Africa’s financial sectors, progress in the provision of financial services, the state of the continent’s financial services infrastructure, and the efficiency of African financial systems. It takes stock of recent changes and reviews the long-term prospects for African finance and proceeds to provide policy analysis and recommendations for policymakers, development partners, and financial institutions.

Below are the datasets (in Excel) used for the publication's analysis:

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Making Finance Work for Africa takes a panoramic view of Africa's financial systems, both at the large scale ("finance for growth") and the smalle scale ("finance for all"). It presents a policy approach that addresses African priorities and can work in African conditions. It challenges the applicability of some conventional views on a range of issues from securities markets and banking regulation to the organization of microfinance institutions.