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Financial Integrity & Identity

A new approach to tackling deforestation

Over the past three years, the Global Stocktake (GST) embarked on a consultative journey to assess progress towards the objectives of the Paris Climate Change

Capacity Building

Navigating a career in data science

There is demand for skilled professionals in the field of data science as organisations are increasingly adopting a data-driven approach. From uncovering valuable insights to

Digital Transformation & Data

Supporting the development of a digital finance index

Digital financial services are transforming global financial service provision and access. Rapid developments in fintech are disrupting and transforming financial landscapes worldwide, leading to new

Ecosystems & Economic Opportunity

The untold realities of women cross-border traders

A diagnostic study on women cross-border traders between South Africa and Lesotho, Malawi and Mozambique​  Informal cross-border trade plays a significant economic role in the

Payments & Remittances

Remittances, a vital contributor to the SDGs

Remittances are a valuable lifeline for Africans, with over USD 100 billion flowing into the continent annually from a migrant workforce of 40 million individuals

Digital Transformation & Data

Impact from the Remittance Access Initiative

KYC and CDD requirements can inhibit access to remittances for low-income, rural households and women. These are our findings from the Remittance Access Initiative where

Data and Analytics

Public sector data frameworks

If properly catalogued, classified and shared, public sector data can be leveraged to increase access to services, make service delivery more efficient and inform policymaking.

Payments & Remittances

Tailored CBDC technical assistance in emerging markets

Recognising the importance of digital payments as a contributor to financial inclusion, central banks in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) are increasingly looking to address the remaining

Governance

Consumer protection in digital finance

The authors of this report would like to acknowledge the support of the International Dialogue on Consumer Protection in Context of the SDGs, coordinated by

remittance
Payments & Remittances

Lessons on improving remittance access in Africa

Learnings from the Remittance Access Initiative (RAI) in partnership with IFAD’s Financing Facility for Remittances Cenfri, in partnership with IFAD’s Financing Facility for Remittances recently

Rwanda Economy Digitalisation Programme

Agriculture an important policy priority for Rwanda

Agriculture plays a major role in the Rwandan economy: close to 75% of the population’s livelihood depends on farming. However, the majority of these farmers

Digital Transformation & Data

The potential of CBDCs for financial inclusion

Will CBDC solve your financial inclusion woes or further exclude the vulnerable?   Central bank-backed digital currency (CBDC) may alleviate financial exclusion barriers, but it comes

Digital Africa

Cenfri joins the Smart Africa Alliance

Kigali, Monday 29th August 2022  – The Smart Africa Alliance welcomes Cenfri as an international non-profit member to advance Smart Africa’s digital transformation initiatives. With

Governance

Responsive and responsible regulation

The value of non-legally binding guidance Regulation is the regulator’s strongest and most fundamental tool; but it can take years to be published. In Zambia,

African Fintech Radar
Insurance for development

Insurance Innovation Dialogue

About the Insurance Innovation Dialogue  To support insurance regulatory authorities in sub-Saharan Africa strike a balance between innovation and risk, FSD Africa set up the

Payments & Remittances

Delivering remittances at the last mile

The role of enabling identity regulation in Ghana  Recent data shows that remittances continue to play a critical role in Ghana. According to Ghana’s 2020

Digital Transformation & Data

Applying a gender lens to trade finance

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are considered engines of economic growth and development, especially in developing economies, yet they continue to be disproportionately rejected from

Unlocking the digital economy in Senegal
Resilience

The role of women and finance in climate action

A changing climate affects everyone, but it’s the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, predominantly women and girls, who bear the brunt of environmental, economic and

Digitalizing farm to table supply chains in Asia
Digital Transformation & Data

Digitalizing farm to table supply chains in Asia

On-demand transport services and insurtech  Whether as a customer or a business, digital platforms that connect people and services are ubiquitous today. The adoption of technology in food

Regulatory support

Policymakers, regulators and supervisors in emerging markets are under pressure to develop, implement and enforce policy and regulation that conforms to global best practice but

Ecosystems & Economic Opportunity

Innovating to improve MSME resilience in Uganda

As in many other developing countries, Ugandan MSMEs play a fundamental role in the economy – accounting for a substantial share of GDP, driving innovation,

Rwanda Economy Digitalisation Programme

Utilising data to boost Rwanda’s tourism industry

In today’s tech-driven world, data has become the compass guiding industries toward innovation and growth. Rwanda’s tourism sector stands poised for this transformation and is

Digital Africa

Supporting digital transformation in Rwanda

Fiacre Mushimire, Cenfri’s Policy Lead, answered some questions about the breadth of Cenfri’s work in Rwanda. How and when did Cenfri start work in Rwanda?

Insurance for development

Insurance supervisors’ responses to COVID-19

Importance of insurance amplified by COVID-19 pandemic  The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes one of the largest recent shocks to the African continent and has amplified the

Bridging the MSME identification gap
MSMEs, Ecosystems & Economic Opportunity

Insurance for MSMEs

The GIZ Compendium on how to improve insurance for MSMEs in a number of countries.  The work compiled in this compendium includes knowledge-building products, training

Digital Africa

Digitally-enabled access to basic services

A scoping study of five African countries Access to basic services –education, energy, health – is an important socio-economic development goal and directly relevant to

Payments & Remittances

How to improve access to remittances

Unlocking the economic force of remittances for reaching low-income and rural customers with IFAD’s Financing Facility for Remittances under the Remittance Access and Innovation (RAI)

MSME resilience in Ghana
Ecosystems & Economic Opportunity

MSME resilience in Ghana

In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) make vital contributions to growth, employment and livelihoods, representing more than 90% of businesses and

Can digital platforms transform first mile food logistics in Africa?
Digital Africa

Digitalisation to improve food supply chain efficiency

Can digital platforms transform first mile food logistics in Africa?  The agricultural sector is responsible for food security and is a major contributor to livelihoods across the globe, but particularly

Insurance for development

Upscaling mobile-based health insurance in Kenya

Britam and M-TIBA receive Swiss Capacity Building Facility (SCBF) funding to scale up mobile-based health insurance Britam and M-TIBA have received funding from Zurich based

Impact narrative

How Cenfri makes change happen

Here at Cenfri, impact guides everything we do. As an economic impact agency, we aim to solve problems to build digital and financial inclusion in

Unlocking the digital economy in Senegal
Digital Africa

Unlocking the digital economy in Senegal

The Mastercard Foundation has set an objective to enable 30 million young Africans, especially women, to secure employment that they see as dignified and fulfilling

Digital Africa

Guidance on start-up support in Ethiopia

Recommendations to support digital start-ups Cenfri supported Digital Financial in producing a technical guide on the creation of a fund to support a digital start-up

Guidance for policymakers on financial health
Financial Inclusion

Guidance for policymakers on financial health

The UNSGSA Financial Health Working Group (FHWG) was convened by HM Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance

Uganda proportionate risk assessment
Digital Transformation & Data

Financial sector innovation in Africa

An impact snapshot  In 2016, Cenfri and FSD Africa launched a five-year partnership to address barriers and identify opportunities for financial sectors across sub-Saharan Africa

Bridging the MSME identification gap

Bridging the MSME identification gap

Cenfri and Cornerstone partnered with the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLIEF) to boost economic potential for African businesses by bridging the micro, small and medium enterprises