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Olivia Williams


Olivia joined Cenfri in 2022 as part of the Programme Management team. With more than 15 years’ experience in the built-environment sector, specialising almost exclusively in community and sporting facilities, she made the move to applying her project management skills in the non-profit sector in 2020. During this time, she honed her understanding of capacity building, knowledge management and MEL principles, which enriched her existing passion for sustainable change and impact within lower-income communities.  

 Qualifications 

  • Diploma in Programme Management (short course), University of Cape Town 
  • Diploma in Agile Project Management (short course), University of Cape Town
  • BTech in Project Management, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • ND in Civil Engineering, Cape Technikon 

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Recent Work
Lessons on improving remittance access in Africa
Learnings from the ...
Agriculture an important policy priority for Rwanda
Agriculture plays a major role in the Rwandan economy: close to 75% of the population’s livelihood depends on farming. However, the majority of t...
Cenfri joins the Smart Africa Alliance
Kigali, Monday 29th August 2022  – The ...
Responsive and responsible regulation
The value of non-legally binding guidance Regulation is ...
CBDC for emerging markets: realities and expectations
Cenfri has deepened its work on CBDC amid growing interest from central banks ...
What is data-driven decision making and what does it mean for Rwanda?
Nothing illustrates the incredible power of data-driven decision-making more than the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Lamenting the disparit...
Holistic risk solutions for MSME resilience in Egypt
Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Egypt Micro, small and medium-sized ent...
Building a data skills foundation is necessary to achieve meaningful digitalisation
One of the reasons so much emphasis is placed on digitalisation is...
Private sector partnerships for MSME resilience: Learnings from Africa
Opportunities await insurers and tech providers who are willing to work together ...
Insurance Innovation Dialogue
About the Insurance Innovation Dialogue  To support insurance regulatory authorities ...
The role of different partners for effective MSME insurance
Insurers can partner with digital platforms, lenders and insurance aggregators to offer better products that...
Delivering remittances at the last mile
The role of...
Applying a gender lens to trade finance
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are considered engines of economic growth and development, especially in developing ...
Enhancing risk assessment processes for improved remittance access
Early insights from IFAD’s Financing Facility for Remittances and Cenfri Our work wi...
The role of women and finance in climate action
A changing climate affects everyone, but it’s the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, predominantly women and girls, who bear the brunt of env...
Opportunities for remittance-linked insurance products in SSA
A demand-side perspective of the risk management and resilience needs of remittance senders from South Africa to G...
Digitalizing farm to table supply chains in Asia
On-demand transport services and insurtech  Whether as a customer or...
Empowering people to solve problems that matter
How Cenfri makes systemic change happen In helping to build...
Training: Foundation of Data-Driven Analysis for Policy Decisions
Cenfri is supporting staff from public institutions in Rwanda with tailored training to boost their capabilities in data...
Impamvu dukwiriye gushakira inyito mu Kinyarwanda amwe mu magambo y’ikoranabuhanga
Abamenyereye iby’ ikoranabuhanga cyane bazakubwira ko hari amagambo menshi usanga akoreshwa muri urwo rwego, udapfa gusanga mu kiboneza-mvugo cy...