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Ghana: Monetary Targeting and Economic Development

"The objective of the paper, is to propose a financial programming framework that uses the technique of targets and indicators to assist the monetary authority in conducting policy to achieve its macro-economic goals. The proposed programming framew…

Global Economic and Financial Crisis: Transmission Channels and Impacts on Sub-Saharan African Economies

"In this paper, an overview is then provided of how sub-Saharan African countries are exposed to the crisis through both financial and real transmission channels, and critically assess the impacts on different economies with recent data. The first p…

Links Between the Informal and Formal/Semi Formal Financial Sectors in Malawi

"The Study has two main objectives. The first is to investigate complimentary and competitive deposit and credit links between informal and formal/semi-informal financial sectors of the economy of Malawi. The study examines the behaviour of borrower…

Market Structure, Liberalization and Performance in the Malawian Banking Industry

"Financial sector reforms led to the removal of credit ceilings and interest rate controls and opened the banking system to new competition. This study examines the effect of financial sector reforms on market structure, financial intermediation, sa…

Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises in Nigeria their Characteristics, Problems and Sources of Finance

"This study examines survey data in order to evaluate the characteristics of SMEs that make it more difficult for them to be profitable and the particular problems that they face which may have contributed to their poor performance.The results of t…

Tackling Money Laundering in East and Southern Africa An Overview of Capacity Vol 2

"This second volume of a two-volume monograph on money laundering in the SADC region begins with Ray Goba’s examination of the capacity of the financial and commercial services sectors in Namibia to detect, prevent or assist in the prosecution of mo…

Tackling Money Laundering in East and Southern Africa An Overview of Capacity Vol 1

"In the first of this two-volume monograph, Charles Goredema, in a broad overview, presents an outline of factors impacting on the capacity of key sectors of the relevant infrastructure to detect the laundering of tainted money and other illicit pr…

eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 3, June 2005

Several articles addresses the problem of the African banks and how they can be revitalized and how technology can open banking access. Other articles touches on the control for the African development bank and how high taxes on drugs block access …

BIDPA Briefing Jan 2003

"This report examines a basic current (cheque) account and the charges imposed by the five commercial banks in Botswana (Barclays Bank, Bank of Baroda First National Bank, Stanbic Bank and Standard Chartered Bank). The bank charges are then compared…

BIDPA Briefing Pension Funds

"The growth of contractual savings schemes such as pension funds and life assurance has been an important but relatively low profile development in Botswana's financial system over the past ten years. During the 1990s, contractual savings funds hav…

Post-Election Zimbabwe: What Next?

The 31 March 2005 parliamentary elections that confirmed the full control of President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF government were neither free nor fair and disappointed those who hoped they might mark a turn away from the crisis that has dominate…

Algeria's Economy: The Vicious Circle of Oil and Violence

The crisis in Algeria, now a decade old, is not merely a consequence of the interruption of the December 1991 elections by an army-backed coup to keep the Front Islamique du Salut (FIS: Islamic Salvation Front) from power. It is also an economic cri…

Informing the Approach of Multilateral Development Banks to Use of Country systems

Most countries consider infrastructure development as a key enabler of development, as it spurs job creation, trade and investment. For many developing countries, multilateral development banks (MDBs) are important in addressing their infrastructure…

The Impact of a Rural Microcredit Scheme on Women's Household Vulnerability and Empowerment: Evidence from South West Nigeria

In this study, a team of local researchers investigates the impact of a microcredit scheme on the vulnerability to poverty and the empowerment of women and their households in rural Nigeria. In collaboration with the Amoye Microfinance Bank in Ike…

BRICS, Africa and Global Economic Governance: Achievements and the Future

This paper explores both the efforts of the BRICS in advancing reforms in international financial institutions (IFIs), considering specifically how coherent and united the grouping has been in these efforts and the extent to which each member of the…

Financial Inclusion in Ethiopia: Using LSMS (Ethiopia Socioeconomic Survey) Data

Only less than a quarter of Ethiopian adults have a formal account. In this study, the status, level and determinants of financial inclusion and barriers to financial inclusion in Ethiopia are analysed. We found that better education, financial lite…

The Prospects and Challenges of Islamic Microfinance in the IGAD Region

There is wide range of evidence-based research support that Islamic Microfinance (IsMF) or interest-free microfinance is found to be instrumental to reach the marginalized and religiously observant Islamic poor. The scheme prohibits paying pre-deter…

Does South Africa Need Its Own Export-Import Bank?

As a result of globalisation and the concomitant increase in trade, countries need to find financing solutions that will ensure that their participation in the global trade arena serves their national growth agendas. Globally, export credit agencies…

Microcrédit, pauvreté et autonomisation des femmes au Bénin / Micro-credit, Poverty and Women's Empowerment in Benin

This study assesses the impact of micro-credit on the empowerment of women headed households in Benin using the matched group method. Four main dimensions of empowerment have been identified, namely; literacy and education, social responsibility, pa…

Next Steps for the Digital Revolution in Africa: Inclusive Growth and Job Creation Lessons from Kenya

This paper provides examples of such dynamism and links digitization to employment creation, with the hope that, over time, as more sectors and fin techs innovate on the digital platform, the trend will be clearer with more data points to allow deep…

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