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Barry Cooper


Since June 2013, Barry has been collaborating with Cenfri on its retail payments thematic area and has been part of the Making Access Possible (MAP) diagnostic team in Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi, among others. In the process, he has gained detailed knowledge of the financial, regulatory and supply-side landscapes, national payments systems and emerging payment-related initiatives in the different jurisdictions.

He also involved in the focus group on digital financial services at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva, tasked with formulating international guidelines for digital financial services, including interoperability, financial ecosystems, consumer protection and technology, innovation and competition.

Barry started his career in the insurance industry and moved on to the banking industry – with significant exposure to payment systems, wholesale and consumer banking (as head of consumer banking operations in South Africa, for an international bank). He has a particular interest in the development and regulation of digital payment instruments and currencies, with an emphasis on the human rights impact of financial regulation. He is also a legal adviser by profession.

Qualifications
  • BCom (Legal) degree, University of the Witwatersrand
  • LLB degree, University of South Africa
Recent Content by Barry Cooper
The evolution of agent networks in Africa
Case study: Kenya The majority of mobile-money flows continue to be dominated by cas...
Payment systems in sub-Saharan Africa
This two-part note series explores the state of national and regional payment systems in sub-Saharan Africa ...
Proof of Address must fall
We all know that sinking feeling when the bank tells you that the proof of address you brought does not meet the required standard. You then have t...
Tipping the scale in favour of payment systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
For a moment, cast your mind back over the last week. How many payments did you make with your credit card during the week? The answer is most like...
Where are the flows? Exploring barriers to remittances in sub-Saharan Africa
Remittance flows represent an increasingly important source of income for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Between 2012 and 2015, formal flows steadily gr...
Illicit financial flows: A financial integrity perspective
How do we understand illicit financial flows from a financial integrity perspective?  ...