In April 1997, the CGAP Secretariat launched an experiment called the CGAP Pilot Microfinance Capacity-building Initiative in Africa. The initiative spanned East and West Africa and focused primarily on working with African training institutes to provide financial management courses to microfinance institutions (MFIs). The Pilot Initiative sought to build the foundation for the development of a market for quality training and technical assistance services offered on a sustainable basis in the region.
This report analyzes in detail the state of microfinance in 2008 throughout Sub-Saharan Africa focusing on key growth trends, major legal and regulatory changes, funding for microfinance, and performance of MFIs.
The rate of mobile money (MM) adoption among poor people remains low. However, the mechanisms driving adoption are similar to those of other segments. This analysis revealed that social networks and social interactions influence mobile money uptake.
Although there is already a major skills deficit in financial markets in Africa, the pressure on financial institutions to source appropriate technical skills and professional services will unquestionably become more intense.
This Forum explores the contribution of greenfield MFIs to access to finance in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).The greenfield model has come a long way in a short time in SSA from seven greenfield MFIs in 2006 to 31 by 2012.