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Barry Cooper


Barry has detailed knowledge in the development and regulation of digital payment instruments and currencies and has a keen interest in the impact of financial regulation on human rights Since joining Cenfri in 2013, Barry has led on risk, remittances and integrity work. During this time, he has led several projects across sub-Saharan Africa to conduct research on barriers to remittances and provide actionable recommendations for governmentsdonors and the private sector 

As an integral part of the Making Access Possible (MAP) diagnostic team, Barry has gained detailed knowledge of the financialregulatory and supply-side landscapes, national payments systems and emerging payment-related initiatives in a number of different jurisdictions across Africa. 

Barry started his career in the insurance industry, before moving into banking, where he gained expertise in payment systems, wholesale and consumer banking. Barry is a legal advisor, by profession. 

Recent highlights 
  • Formulating international guidelines for digital financial services as part of the UN’s ITU Task Force.
  • Informing UN bodies on necessary actions for global remittances in light of COVID-19 as part of IFAD’s Covid-19 Remittances Task Force.
  • Contributing to the global guidelines working group for Digital Fiat Currency and founding member of the Digital Fiat Currency Institute.
  • Capacity building and training AFI regulators on fintech, crypto-currencies, biometrics and KYC innovation.
  • Developing a biometrics regulatory framework to advance financial inclusion with FSDZ and Zambian regulators.
  • Providing technical assistance to Zimbabwe’s regulators and FSPs on innovative regulation and development of a risk-based supervision framework.
Qualifications
  • BCom (Legal) degree, University of the Witwatersrand
  • LLB degree, University of South Africa
Recent Content by Barry Cooper
Financial sector innovation in Africa
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Bridging the MSME identification gap
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An inclusive digital identity platform in the Pacific Islands
Digital identity is increasingly becoming the key enabler of digital inclusion across the globe. We conducted...
Eswatini’s National Payment System Vision 2025
Eswatini’s journey towards revolutionising its payments system  ...
Identity proofing for COVID-19 recovery
Guidance for regulators, financial service providers and market facilitators Globally,...
De-risking in Africa: Illicit financial flows and regional economic hubs
Recent years have seen large scale de-risking and financial exclusion happening in developing countries, part...