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Masiiwa Rusare


Masiiwa is currently the Engagement Manager at Cenfri. He manages research, policy and regulatory engagement within the financial Integrity work stream.

Some of the specific projects he has worked on include: Illicit financial flows; Risk based approach to AML-CFT Implementation; financial inclusion and inclusive financial integrity; technical assistance on FATF and AML-CFT to regulators and financial service providers at country and regional levels [Eastern and Southern Africa Anti Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG), West Africa Anti Money Laundering Group (GIABA), Alliance for Financial Inclusion(AFI) as well as Making financial Access Possible (MAP) study for Madagascar.

Prior to joining Cenfri, Masiiwa worked on the research-policy/regulation-development interface on the above issues (including trade and sustainable development) within the think tank, private sector and civil society environments. He has managed research and consultancy work across Africa and Asian countries. In addition, Masiiwa extensively advised regulators/policy makers, private sector and civil society at national level, regional level (SADC, COMESA, ECOWAS, African Caribbean and Pacific region, African Union, UNECA, AfDB, among others) as well as global level (United Nations, Word Trade Organization, among others) on the above issues.

Masiiwa is passionate about unlocking Africa’s development through systemic, lasting and sustainable interventions.

Masiiwa has the following qualifications

  • Masters in Project Management (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Masters in International Development Studies (Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan)
  • Masters in Economics (University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe)
  • Bachelor of Science Economics (University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe)
  • Member of Project Management South Africa (PMSA)

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Recent Content by Masiiwa Rusare
Illicit financial flows: A financial integrity perspective
How do we understand illicit financial flows from a financial integrity perspective?  ...
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...