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Multilateral Economic Development Efforts in Sub Saharan Africa

One can divide the world fairly easily into areas of wealth and poverty. In recent decades – there has been a concerted attempt by wealthier nations to assist poorer nations in becoming more prosperous. Starting with the Bretton Woods institutions…

Financial Intermediation and the Cost of Credit in Ghana

A study was carried out by the IEA regarding financial intermediation and the cost of credit in Ghana. The first part of the study involved measurement of financial intermediation/financial deepening using a number of standard indicators. The second…

Bonds: A Viable Alternative for Financing Africa's Development

"Since the financial crisis of 2008 loans from banks have become more difficult to obtain. African countries increasingly have explored alternatives to raise capital for their economic development projects. Experience in some African countries and …

Bank to the Future : New Era at the AfDB

The African Development Bank (AfDB), founded in 1964, has as its main purpose to provide capital to alleviate poverty, improve living conditions and spur economic and social development. It is the largest external funder of infrastructure in sub-Sah…

Financial Liberalization and Capital Flight: Evidence from the African Continent

"During the past decades, many countries experienced considerable capital flight. Residents moved their wealth abroad, using different ways to accumulate foreign assets. Since the 1990s, several of these countries reformed their domestic financial m…

Capital Flight and the Financial System

"Capital flight has become an increasing source of concern for policy makers in developing countries, including African economies, since it represents a severe constraint for growth and development. This paper analyzes how the domestic and global fi…

Women, Livestock Ownership and Markets Bridging the Gender Gap in Eastern and Southern Africa

"This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of women’s ownership of livestock assets, participation in livestock and livestock product markets, intrahousehold decision-making and income management, and the contribution livestock make to in…

The role of Development Financial Institutions in the Acquisition of Technological Capabilities by Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya

"The research examines the role of Development Financial Institutions in the Acquisition of Technological Capabilities in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya. Empirical research has shown that technological capabilities hold the key to comp…

Portability and Access of Social Security Benefits for Mine Workers in Southern Africa

"Ex-miners still face a lot of challenges when trying to access their benefits. A large number of these problems are brought about by failure to have adequate documentation and lack of knowledge on how to access those benefits. Logistical issues, su…

Review of Bank Charges in Botswana

"This BIDPA Briefing assesses the cost of banking in Botswana. It presents a range of comparative costs across Botswana’s commercial banks in 2014. This exercise involves examining a basic current/cheque account and the charges imposed by the commer…

Making sustainable Development the Key Focus of the BRICS New Development Bank

"As the New Development Bank (NDB) gears up to extend its first loans in the second quarter of 2016, with its self-stated aim to ‘fund infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies’, it is important to co…

Microfinance Institutions in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda: Loan Outreach to the Poor and the Quest for Financial Viability

Loan outreach—financial viability nexus is among the unsettled issues in microfinance literature: unyielding stance favoring viability for increased outreach to the poor (depth) versus a trade-off view justifying subsidized Microfinance Institutions…

New Development Bank: Moving the BRICS From an Acronym to an Institution

"The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) is set to issue its first loans in the second quarter of 2016. The bank, the latest addition to the global development finance landscape, was initiated due to a number of factors in emerging economies. One of th…

Towards Urban Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania: A case for the Use of Housing Licences to Access Credit

"In Tanzania, mainstreaming or formalisation of the informal sector, was started with the aim of increasing participation of the informal businesses in the country’s economy. This policy brief highlights the willingness of the community to use hous…

A Positive and Normative Analysis of Bank Supervision in Nigeria

"The study attempted to characterize the nature and determinants of bank distress in Nigeria, as well as the approaches adopted by the supervisory agencies to ensure that banks operate safe and sound practices. In doing this, it combined a non-nor…

Bank Performance and Supervision in Nigeria : Analyzing the Transition to a Deregulated Economy

"The study focuses on the effect of gradual deregulation in a developing economy on the efficiency of banks and the banking sector. It assesses whether the policy package results in an improvement in the technical efficiency of the industry. This st…

African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)

"This paper measures the efficiency of WAEMU banks and its determining factors, after the banking system reforms from 1993 to 1996. Data envelopment analysis (DEA) was used for assessing technical efficiency and a stochastic frontier analysis (SFA) …

Formal and Informal Institutions’ Lending Policies and Access to Credit by Small-Scale Enterprises in Kenya: An Empirical Assessment

"This study assessed the role of institutional lending policies among formal and informal credit institutions in determining the access of small-scale enterprises to credit in Kenya. The results of the study show that the limited use of credit refle…

Service Sector Liberalisation in India: Key lessons and challenges

"The service sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the Indian economy. It has been integral to India’s overall liberalisation and structural reform programme, which was initiated in the 1980s and gained momentum after 1991. The increasing…

Financial Liberalization and its Implications for the Domestic Financial System: The Case of Uganda

"This paper presents an analysis of the impact of financial liberalization on the conduct of banking business and its impact on the real sector. Survey results show that the overall assessment by commercial banks of financial sector liberalization i…

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