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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

Learning from the popularity of local financial service providers
In the six countries featured in the MAP Global Insights series, informal financial services persist despite an explicit push both globally and [...]
Shifting measurement away from a one-dimensional view of financial inclusion
Depth sounding: shifting measurement away from a one-dimensional view of financial inclusion (Note 2) is the second note to be published from [...]
First impressions from a more granular approach to client typology
Decoding the customer - First impressions from a more granular understanding of client typology is the first note to be published from the MAP [...]
Women on the move: Harnessing the economic forces of cross-border mobility in ASEAN
Financial services, including savings accounts and investments into capital assets such as land, have traditionally excluded women in the ASEAN [...]
Banks need a paradigm shift to make headway in developing countries
In 1778 the first modern-day savings bank in Germany was founded in Hamburg. The bank was set up to develop solutions for people with low incomes to [...]
ASEAN financial inclusion for what?
Financial inclusion emerged as a key pillar of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) beginning in 2015. The ASEAN Financial Inclusion Conference in 2014 [...]
Regaining momentum?
An update on microinsurance in South Africa. In 2011, a policy document entrenched and refined a proposed microinsurance regulatory framework for [...]
Regulating for inclusive insurance markets in SADC
SADC faces high levels of exclusion in insurance. It is therefore appropriate for SADC supervisors to pursue inclusive insurance markets based on [...]
Standards setting bodies (SSBs) and financial inclusion
Financial Inclusion is rapidly moving up the policy agendas of many countries, particularly developing countries. However, one of the obstacles to [...]
Reviewing the regulatory framework for money transfers in South Africa
As economic hub of the region, South Africa attracts a large number of migrant workers from neighbouring countries, many of them without the [...]