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Policy and Regulation


We use our expertise in a variety of financial sectors, in advising the development of inclusion-friendly financial-sector policy and regulation. The work we do on any component of the financial sector is always placed within the broader financial policy and regulatory framework, and within a clear understanding of market dynamics and trends.

Our work leverages all financial sector players, including commercial financial service providers, towards providing financial services to lower-income households. While much of our work focuses on policy and regulatory outcomes, we do this in support of private financial-sector development.

Our extensive research in the area of financial policy and regulation spans Africa, Latin America and Asia.

The Latest in Policy and Regulation

MSMEs financing in Africa  
A framework for enabling access to finance for MSMEs in Africa    Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have been cited as one of the [...]
Regulating for innovation: A supervisory toolkit
A supervisory toolkit to help regulators navigate their role and guide decisions in regulating for innovation.   The need to create [...]
Opportunities and challenges to innovation in the Ugandan insurance market
Most Ugandans face insurable risks, yet uptake of insurance remains very low at only 1.4%. Innovations in global insurance markets have illustrated [...]
Data in real time: How digitalisation is transforming financial policies in Africa
For the past year, Cenfri and Finmark Trust have been partnering with NextBillion to share insights from their Insight2Impact (i2i) initiative, [...]
South Africa’s draft conduct standard for third-party cell captives: ironing out the details
In September 2020, the South African Financial Services Conduct Authority (FSCA) published the draft conduct standard for third-party cell [...]
COVID-19 policy response framework
COVID-19 is leaving no country unaffected. For the development community and national policymakers, this creates a clear imperative: Wield whatever [...]
Leading from the front
Why visible and proactive policy leadership matters more than ever for insurance in the wake of COVID-19 As we discussed in our first blog in this [...]
Measuring financial health: What policymakers need to know
Financial health is a potentially powerful concept that is attracting interest around the world. Citizens, politicians and policymakers know that [...]
COVID-19 and financial health: Too ambitious a target for these times?
As Beth Rhyne captured in her recent blog on Nextbillion, before COVID-19 an alarmingly large portion of adults around the world were not financially [...]
A customer-centric approach to measuring financial needs
A synthesis report on what we’ve learned As we set out to understand what our financial inclusion measurement quest would be, it became apparent [...]