MFW4A- Newsletter of the Making Finance Work for Africa Parntership
Making Finance Work for Africa
SME Finance Special Edition - n°169 Newsletter | 10/2017

In The News This Fortnight

The AfDB's Africa SME Program

In this blog, Jonathan Lange, Coordinator of the Africa SME Program presents the initiative highlighting how it supports African local Financial Institutions (FIs) with Long-term liquidity and technical assistance to enable them avail relevant financing to local small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)... Read more.

In Focus

Global SME Finance Forum 2017

Register today for Global SME Finance Forum 2017


Join 400 leaders from banks, fintechs and development finance institutions at the Global SME Finance Forum 2017. Taking place in Berlin from November 1 to 3, this year's conference will explore issues around "Digitization of SME Finance". The program will include interactive sessions, study tours to high-performing institutions, fintech demos, a B2B marketplace and networking sessions. Learn more and register.

Financing African SMEs: can more of the same help bridge the gap?
by Rodrigo Deiana, Junior Policy Analyst & Arthur Minsat, Head of Unit - OCDE Development Centre

Among the many constraints faced by formal companies, access to finance consistently ranks as a top issue. Overall, African micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) face a financing shortfall of about USD 190 billion from the traditional banking sector... Read More.

Housing Finance in Africa 2017 Yearbook: A review of some of Africa's housing finance markets
Centre for Affordable Housing Finance (CAHF)

Blockchain: Opportunities for Private Enterprises in Emerging Markets
M. Niforos, V. Ramachandran & T. Rehermann | International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Banking in the M-PESA Age - Lessons from Kenya

W. Cook & C. McKay | CGAP

Finnovation Africa: Ethiopia 2017
03.11.2017 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The 13th International Microinsurance Conference
07.11.2017 - 09.11.2017 | Lima, Peru

CEO Forum of African Development Finance Institutions (DFIs)
08.11.2017 - 10.11.2017 | Abuja, Nigeria

MFW4A Side-Event - 2017 African Microfinance Week

MFW4A Joint Initiative


The Migration and Development Fund (MDF), jointly set up by the AfDB, the French Government and the IFAD, launches its fourth call for proposals to provide funding for innovative projects in areas related to migrant remittances, local development and innovative financial products.


For more information, please consult the MDF guidance document (FR), and the project sheet template (FR) for any interested institution.
Deadline: 14 November 2017

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