Publications

Challenges, Trends and Measures of Success in Supporting Financial Inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa

24 Feb 2017

    Financial education is key to improving individual financial behaviour, preventing over-indebtedness, protecting clients, contributing to market development and ensuring financial stability. It makes a crucial contribution to the development of inclusive financial systems and to broader economic and social development goals. Financial education is therefore increasingly high on the agenda of many countries, including countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). To increase consumer awareness and financial literacy, financial education is in […]

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    The Case for Social Investment in Microcredit

    24 Feb 2017
    • Timothy Ogden

    There are strong arguments for continued investment in microcredit. These arguments are based on, not in contradiction to, the recent evaluations of microcredit impact. That the average impact of access to microcredit is modest is not in serious doubt. However, every evaluation of the impact of microcredit shows that there are people who benefit, and that most borrowers, when lenders behave responsibly, do not experience harm. Comprehensive research on microfinance and subsidy shows that virtually […]

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    State of the Practice: Client Protection in Uganda’s Microfinance Sector

    17 Feb 2017

      Executive Summary This state of the practice report provides an overview of the legal framework, regulations, and industry practices related to client protection in Uganda’s microfinance sector. Read the full report >>> Résumé Ce rapport bilan des pratiques offre un aperçu du cadre juridique, des réglementations et des pratiques en matière de protection des clients dans le secteur de la microfinance en Ouganda. Lire le rapport complet >>>

      State of the Practice: Client Protection in Senegal’s Microfinance Sector

      17 Feb 2017

        Executive Summary This report provides an overview of regulations and practices related to client protection in the microfinance sector in Senegal. It summarizes the findings of evaluations of five microfinance institutions (MFIs, or decentralized financial Systems – SFDs) to assess their compliance with the Smart Campaign’s client protection standards between 2014 and 2015. It also draws on: (i) a national diagnostic carried out in 2015 by Senegal’s Professional Association of Decentralized Financial Systems (APSFD-Senegal) […]

        State of Client Protection in Rwanda’s Microfinance Sector

        17 Feb 2017

          Eexcutive Summary This state of the practice report provides an overview of the legal framework, regulations, and industry practices related to client protection in Rwanda’s microfinance sector. It draws on findings from three key sources: 1) Accompanied self-assessments of five MFIs/financial service providers that used the Smart Campaign assessment methodology to take an in-depth look at their client protection practices; 2) A client protection market diagnostic, conducted by the Association of Microfinance […]

          Client Protection in Burkina Faso’s Microfinance Sector

          17 Feb 2017

            Executive Summary This report provides an overview of the legal framework, regulations, and industry practices related to client protection in the microfinance sector in Burkina Faso. It draws on external assessments of six Decentralized Financial Systems (SFDs or MFIs)1 based on the Smart Campaign methodology, a client protection market diagnostic conducted by two consultants using a tool designed by the SEEP Network, a review of the literature on the regulatory […]

            Responsible Financial Inclusion and Digital Innovation – Focus on Asia

            26 Jan 2017

              Responsible finance is a cornerstone of the 2020 Universal Financial Access Goals of the World Bank Group, and contributes to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Responsible finance continues to be a cross-cutting priority of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), and of the broader financial inclusion initiatives worldwide. The Forum, now in its seventh year (RFFVII), highlighted Responsible Financial Inclusion and Digital Innovation: Focus on Asia. In recognition of the […]

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              Recent Trends and Financial Inclusion – Banking in Sub-Saharan Africa

              26 Jan 2017
              • European Investment Bank

              Banking in sub-Saharan Africa: Recent Trends and Digital Financial Inclusion At its third edition, this report provides an analysis of recent development in the SSA banking sector and specific structural topics of relevance. It combines in house research with contribution from leading market experts from commercial banks operating in the region, IFIs and other institutions. About the Economics Department of the EIB The mission of the EIB Economics Department is to provide economic analyses […]

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              The Road to Inclusion

              25 Jan 2017
              • Mastercard Foundation
              The Road to Inclusion

              This study conducted by the Mastercard Foundation focuses on the financially excluded and underserved across Europe.  Financial exclusion defines those who are currently not able, or not willing, to fully participate in the banking services offered in their country. According to the World Bank, there are currently 138.6m people in this situation in Europe alone. This report revisits and expands upon the initial findings of Mastercard’s 2013 ‘Road to Inclusion’ research, conducted with the […]

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              Financial Inclusion and Financial Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean – Data and Trends

              09 Dec 2016
              • Veronica Trujillo
              • Sergio Navajas

              The report seeks to facilitate a deeper understanding of the financial systems in the region, combining aspects of sustainability and financial inclusion. The 2016 report includes information from 20 countries in the region (with a few exceptions) and presents information up to December 2015. The majority of information in the report corresponds to regulated financial intermediaries, except for data in the microcredit section. Leer en Espanol   

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