Research & Analysis

How to Build a Regulatory Sandbox: A Practical Guide for Policy Makers

This publication is also available in French and Spanish.

Regulatory sandboxes have attracted significant attention for their potential to empower financial regulators struggling with fast-paced innovation. Through a sandbox, regulators can carefully monitor digital products, services and business models in a live testing environment, enabling firms to bring innovations to market more quickly and readily. But when and under what circumstance sandboxes are the most appropriate tool for emerging market regulators to respond to the wave of digital technologies that are disrupting the financial sector?

This guide leads regulators step by step through the decision-making process, including the alternatives to first consider. It then examines the design and implementation factors for creating a successful sandbox environment. The guide is practical, specific, illustrated by country examples and complemented with work templates. It offers readily tips, recommendations and cautions supported by evidence and experience from in-country work from all around the world


Reading Deck

A visual guide that walks you through the key decision points on whether to build a regulatory sandbox for financial inclusion.

Topic: Policy