Financial Sector Development and Inclusion in Africa

Following the completion of the Framework Papers Phase of the Financial Sector Development and Inclusion in Africa project, a call for research proposals for the Country Case Studies Phase was issued in December 2015. The response to the call was extraordinary, with a total of 98 proposals received. Out of these proposals, an initial three (3) proposals were commissioned early in 2016, under the USAID/GDN grant, and they fed into the AERC Senior Policy Seminar held on 22-23 March 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.


Out of the remaining 92 proposals, an additional six (6) proposals were selected for funding. This followed the project inception workshop that was held on 24 February 2017, at which point the project was commissioned. Prof. Issouf Soumare, University of Laval, Canada, was selected as the coordinator for the project, with Prof. Charles Adjasi, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, as a supporting resource person.

The full list of country case studies under this project are:

1.    “Factors and Barriers of Financial Inclusion and the Role of Regulation: Are there some African Specificities? By Sandrine Kablan, ERUDITE, University of East Paris Creteil, France

2.    “Financial Inclusion in Malawi: A Challenge or an Opportunity by Onelie Nkuna, Angella Faith Lapukeni, and Paxon Kaude, all of Reserve Bank of Malawi

3.    “Financial Regulation, Financial Literacy and Financial Inclusion: Insights from Kenya By Odongo Kodongo, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

4.    “Credit Use and Farm-Level Productivity in Smallholder Agriculture: Gender Dimensions and Implication for Financial Inclusion in Nigeria” By Badmus Adepeju and Ongundele Olorunfemi

5.    “Credit Constraints and Smallholder Farming Productivity in Senegal” By Abdoulaye Seck

6.    “Determinants and Barriers to Financial Inclusion and its Effect on Poverty among Rural Households in Nigeria” By Chukwuone Nnaemeka and Abanum Ifelunini

7.    “Inclusive Finance and Inclusive Growth in Ghana: An Empirical Investigation” By Haruna Issahaku and Benjamin Musah Abu

8.    “Inclusion Financière Et Son Impact Sur Les Performances Du Petit Producteur Agricole” By Ablamba Ahoefavi S. Johnson

9.    “Inclusive Finance for SMEs in South Africa and Its Impact on Growth and Inequality” By Elizabeth Nanziri LwangaLwanga