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Lezanne Anderson

Lezanne’s work at Cenfri is focused on advancing inclusive financial integrity and enabling digital transformation. She works on projects and programmes that aim to combat money laundering, financing of terrorism and proliferation financing, while mitigating the impact of unintended consequences such as financial exclusion and de-risking.

In these projects, Lezanne works with a range of stakeholders in a variety of ways. She has supported policymakers and regulators to align with international best practices and global standard-setting bodies, and assisted market players in innovating within their regulatory frameworks to better serve new and potential customers, specifically persons in marginalised and hard-to-reach communities.

Recent highlights
  • Supporting remittance service providers in Africa to enhance their know-your-customer, customer due diligence, and risk frameworks to enhance remittance access for low-income, rural households and women.
  • Working with policymakers and regulators to develop a fintech policy and strategy.
  • Conducting a pilot to introduce Africa’s first legal entity identifier agent and issuing the first legal entity identifier to an MSME (and exploring the potential that this would have for supporting female-owned MSMEs to access trade finance)
  • MSc State, Society and Development, SOAS, University of London
  • BSocSci (Honours) in Political Science, the University of Cape Town
  • BSocSci in Politics and Industrial and Economic Sociology, Rhodes University


Recent Work by Lezanne Anderson
An assessment of customer due diligence and identity regulatory frameworks
Innovation opportunities for enhanced remittance access...
Enhancing identity verification for refugees in Uganda
In Uganda, refugees and asylum seekers struggle to cash out their remittances due to challenging and time-consuming identity verification processes...
Applying a gender lens to trade finance
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are considered engines of economic growth and development, especially in developing ...
Bridging the MSME identification gap
Cenfri and ...
Digital identity and financial inclusion
How digitising customer due diligence can strengthen providers during COVID-19 and beyond...
Capitec holds true to its slogan “Its Banking Just Simpler” by removing proof of address
Despite the growing redundancy of the proof of address requirement, it continues to present an obstacle to th...