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Payments and Remittances


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

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 [...]
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. [...]
Overthrowing the king: Could central bank digital currencies replace cash in post-COVID-19 Africa?
In an age where we can send mail electronically in seconds at no cost rather than going to the post, it seems odd that people still walk around with [...]
Payment facilities and Africa’s platform ecosystem: What does the data tell us?
Payment facilities underpin scaling of Africa’s digital platforms. Digital platforms, also known as multi-sided marketplaces, are seamlessly [...]
Why it’s time for Africa to adopt a regional digital financial identity
According to the World Bank Group’s Identification for Development, 1.1 billion people globally, including women, children and refugees, lack any [...]