Sub-Saharan Africa

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8th African Financial Inclusion Policy Intiative (AfPI) Leaders Roundtable

2020-08-20

8th African Financial Inclusion Policy Intiative (AfPI) Leaders Roundtable Bank of Tanzania and AFI are co-hosting the 8th AfPI Leaders’ Roundtable on 20 August 2020, the network’s first virtual gathering exclusively for the heads of central banks and other regulatory member institutions in the Africa region.

Policy area: General FI

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Experts group, member training launch annual Africa gathering

2020-08-19

Practical solutions aimed at helping small businesses and women weather and recover from the COVID-19 crisis were top of the agenda in virtual meetings, co-hosted by Bank of Tanzania, with senior staff at African financial regulators.

Policy area: General FI

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Digital channels may help stem global remittance slowdown

2020-08-13

Digital channels must be encouraged to mitigate potential slumps in cross-border remittance flows amid the ongoing pandemic, speakers said during a technical webinar co-hosted by AFI and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Policy area: General FI

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Regulators, agent networks must embrace service digitalization

2020-08-10

Mobile money agents must adapt to the accelerated digitalization of financial services as regulatory policy responses to COVID-19 continue to encourage cashless transactions, speakers said during a webinar for AFI members in the Africa region.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, General FI

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Applications open for 2020 AFI Inclusive FinTech Showcase!

2020-07-22

AFI is holding its second FinTech Showcase! Through the support and scaling up of quality financial services, world’s most innovative FinTechs and RegTechs will showcase transformative solutions that target low-income populations, contribute to effective COVID-19 crisis responses and help recovery.

Policy area: General FI

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AFI launches inclusive green finance resource database

2020-07-21

Designed to facilitate peer learning through knowledge sharing of existing policies and regulation, with an easy search and navigation, the accessible and convenient database was launched on 20 July 2021 during an IGF virtual member training.

Policy area: General FI

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Regulators must safeguard “critical front liners” MFIs

2020-07-15

Financial regulators must enhance support to microfinance institutions (MFIs) as vital financial lifelines for individuals and small businesses hit by limited liquidity and business disruptions amid COVID-19, speakers said during a webinar on 13 July 2020.

Policy area: General FI

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The COVID-19 factor: pandemic risk could be transformative for financial and social inclusion

2020-07-08

AFI Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig talks to The Economist Intelligence Unit on how COVID-19 could be transformative for financial and social inclusion in some emerging markets.

Policy area: General FI

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Africa leaders urge closer ties amid post-COVID “better normal”

2020-07-02

Central banks in Africa are responding to COVID-19 by investing in practical solutions that bring disadvantaged groups into formal financial services, accelerating their ability to recover and build resilience against future crises, leaders said on 30 June.

Policy area: General FI

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Regulators offer durable solutions to include FDPs

2020-06-25

Forcibly displaced persons (FDPs) must be part of efforts to accelerate financial inclusion, despite COVID-19 pressures shifting focus towards meeting the needs of local populations, speakers said during a webinar on 23 June.

Policy area: General FI

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