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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
Where are the flows? Exploring barriers to remittances in sub-Saharan African
Remittance flows represent an increasingly important source of income for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Between 2012 and 2015, formal flows steadily gr...
Biometrics and financial inclusion: A roadmap for implementing biometric identity systems in sub-Saharan Africa
The World Bank (2017) estimates that 1.1 billion people live without proof of identity. Nearly 50% of these people live in sub-Saharan Africa, wher...
Inclusive Financial Integrity: Guidance Note
Countries in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region have been on a development curve in setting up effective Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combattin...
MAP Zambia diagnostic and roadmap to financial inclusion
From 2009 to 2015 the proportion of adults, financially excluded from any financial service, decreased from 63% to 41% in Zambia, which exceeded th...
It’s not just about price: Innovative Solutions to Africa’s Remittances Problem
Innovative Solutions to Africa’s Remittances Problem You want to send money home because your sister is desperately ill and your mom [...]