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Cross-border and domestic money transfers play a critical role in the financial strategies of low-income households and present many opportunities to extend financial inclusion.

Our extensive research on themes and imperatives for national and regional payment systems and remittances spans sub-Saharan Africa and forms part of our dedicated programme on risk, remittances and integrity in partnership with FSD Africa.

The Latest in Payments and Remittances

CBDC for emerging markets: realities and expectations
Cenfri has deepened its work on CBDC amid growing interest from central banks Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) has emerged as a key [...]
Delivering remittances at the last mile
The role of enabling identity regulation in Ghana  Recent data shows that remittances continue to play a critical role in Ghana. According to [...]
Enhancing risk assessment processes for improved remittance access
Early insights from IFAD’s Financing Facility for Remittances and Cenfri Our work with IFAD to improve remittance access across seven African [...]
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 Ghana, Malawi and [...]
How to improve access to remittances
Unlocking the economic force of remittances for reaching low-income and rural customers with IFAD's Financing Facility for Remittances under the [...]
The unpopular choice: Taxing digital payments in the era of digitalisation
Historically, low-income consumers in emerging economies often perceive banking services as too expensive. As a result, these consumers opt out of [...]
Eswatini’s National Payment System Vision 2025
Eswatini’s journey towards revolutionising its payments system  In 2009, the Central Bank of Eswatini (CBE) published the Swaziland [...]
The potential of remittance-linked insurance products in sub-Saharan Africa
Exploring the potential of remittance-linked insurance products to improve the resilience of households in sub-Saharan Africa [...]
Eswatini Central Bank Digital Currency diagnostic study
Central banks across the developed and developing world have begun considering the possibility of implementing a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) [...]
Money transfer operators in Nigeria: Regulation and licensing options
Many people have had their 2020 plans ruined by COVID-19, but the cross-border remittance opportunity in Nigeria is even more enticing right now. [...]