African Financial Sector News

The level of non-performing loans in East African banks on the decline


The level of non-performing loans (NPL) in East African commercial banks have drastically dropped, which signifies that the banking industry in this region is in a good shape. Banks’ asset quality is a key indicator of the quality of banks’ credit and overall risk of default (credit risk).

Maize farmers will benefit from weather insurance


Before 2010, Akiteng Scholar was battling the problem of floods that hit the whole of Uganda's Teso region, resulting in the need of food aid. Last year, it was drought which has driven many households apart. Weather insurance policies might be a way to protect the farmers.

African central bankers agree to strengthen bank supervision


African central bankers who met in Kampala have agreed on common front that will see all central banks strengthening bank supervision as well as introducing new measures that will lead to effective supervision of electronic bank products.

Becoming a wholesale trader through Microfinance


Four months ago, Alizèta had a small stall at the Ouagadougou central market, where she sold fruits and vegetables. Now she is a wholesale trader and she even thinks of exporting her goods to Europe. Speaking to Ali Abdou and Jacques Théodore Balima, she said it was thanks to a loan she took from a microfinance bank. Read full story in French.

How to get a microcredit?


Omar Sagnon is a young Fasian who runs a small business in Ouagadougou. Due to his lack of financial ressources, he cannot build up a stock of certain products. Omar decides to take a loan. Follow the steps he is taking in the video by Abdoul Razak Idrissa and Jim Moumouni Outtara. (in French)

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