Who We Are

The Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership (MFW4A) is an initiative to support the development of African financial sectors. We are a unique platform for African governments, the private sector, and development partners to coordinate financial sector development interventions across the continent, avoiding duplication and maximizing developmental impact.

The MFW4A  Secretariat was established as the executive arm of the Partnership and works to advance the goals of the Partnership. Operating as an independent entity, the Secretariat is hosted within the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Vision

MFW4A Partners share a common vision of innovative, sustainable, competitive and diverse African financial systems, providing near universal access by 2030, and offering a full range of products and services for the continent.

Mission

To be the reference platform for advocacy, knowledge sharing and cooperation on financial sector development in Africa. 

Who We Are

The Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership (MFW4A) is an initiative to support the development of African financial sectors. We are a unique platform for African governments, the private sector, and development partners to coordinate financial sector development interventions across the continent, avoiding duplication and maximizing developmental impact.

The MFW4A  Secretariat was established as the executive arm of the Partnership and works to advance the goals of the Partnership. Operating as an independent entity, the Secretariat is hosted within the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Vision

MFW4A Partners share a common vision of innovative, sustainable, competitive and diverse African financial systems, providing near universal access by 2030, and offering a full range of products and services for the continent.

Mission

To be the reference platform for advocacy, knowledge sharing and cooperation on financial sector development in Africa. 

Our Staff

David
David Ashiagbor
Partnership Coordinator

David heads the Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) Partnership Secretariat. He has over 20 years of experience in the African financial sector. His broad knowledge covers thematics ranging from SME finance and capital markets to public-private partnerships and long-term finance.

He previously managed the Commonwealth’s Private Investment Initiative (CPII), which raised US$800 million for investment in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. David has also worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Agence Française de Développement. His current interests focus on unlocking domestic long-term capital for investment in Africa. David is a graduate of the London School of Economics and The Management School, Imperial College, London.

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Front Office
Mohamed
Mohamed Agrebi
Senior Operations Officer

Mohamed is the Senior Operations Officer responsible for Administrative and Financial Operations at MFW4A, with extensive knowledge and experience on the African Development Bank’s procedures and guidelines especially with regards to procurement, financial control, financial management, and event management.

Mohamed joined the MFW4A Secretariat in 2010. In addition to operations, Mohamed also undertakes special projects to support knowledge management, and is currently developing an Islamic Finance workstream for MFW4A. Mohamed has a master’s in Finance from ESSEC (École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) in Tunisia.

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Nawel
Nawel Annabi
Administrative Assistant

Nawel is the administrative assistant for MFW4A. She manages procurement procedures and assists the Coordinator with resource management and budget review. She manages the travel and logistical arrangements for the Team and provides support for MFW4A’s events.

Before MFW4A, she worked as a database assistant and was previously a technical support assistant for Hewlett Packard. Nawel received a license in Information Management from the High School of Technology in Tunisia.

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Boipelo
Boipelo L. Sekgororoane
Financial Sector Advisor / Research Officer

Boipelo is the Financial Sector Advisor-Front Office and Research Officer for MFW4A, with over 12 years work experience in Africa. Boipelo is responsible for assisting the Coordinator in developing and managing the Secretariat's activities and leading the implementation of the M&E Framework.

Before joining MFW4A, Boipelo was a Senior Advisor for a CSR firm in Tunisia. She has also worked as a financial consultant for a leading bank in Botswana, where she developed and implemented the financial management system for the bank-managed insurance firm. She was a Senior Associate-Audit with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tanzania for 4 years. Boipelo holds a MSc in Project Planning and Management from the University of Bradford (UK), and a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Botswana.

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Toniemai King Andrews
Senior Communications Officer

Toniemai is the Senior Communications Officer for the MFW4A team. A Marketing and Communications professional with 12 years of experience in the financial sector, prior to MFW4A Toniemai worked for prestigious New York investment firm Jennison Associates/Prudential Financial where her role as Senior Associate encompassed various Marketing, Communications and Relationship Management responsibilities.

She founded a strategic communications consultancy in 2017 helping clients achieve their communications goals. She holds a master’s in International Affairs-Finance from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude. She was awarded the Makuu Award for Academic Excellence and is a United Negro College Fund fellow.

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Financial Inclusion
Abdelkader
Abdelkader Benbrahim
Financial Sector Advisor

Abdelkader is the Financial Sector Advisor leading MFW4A’s Financial Inclusion & Housing Finance workstreams. Abdelkader's work aims to advance financial inclusion in Africa by supporting market development and positively influencing policymakers to address the impact of technology on financial systems.

He also leads the effort to support the mobilization of long-term finance to meet Africa's investment needs in the affordable housing sector. Prior to joining MFW4A, he worked for Global Affairs Canada supporting its Information and Communication Technology development function, serving in both the President’s and Minister’s offices. Abdelkader has a Master’s in Information Systems and Digital Innovation from London School of Economics and Political Science Management Studies.

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Financial Stability & Governance
Hugues
Hugues Kamewe Tsafack
Financial Sector Advisor

Hugues is a Financial Sector Development specialist with over 15 years of professional experience in multicultural environment. He leads MFW4A’s activities in agricultural finance, SME finance, trade finance and banking supervision.

Prior joining MFW4A, he was a Regional Advisor at the World Savings Banks Institute (WSBI) providing leadership advice to senior executives of African savings banks on enterprise reforms to transform them into fully-fledged retail banks. His work also involved analytical contributions to international organizations activities. A Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Executive Education alumni, he was awarded a certificate for the completion of the “Rethinking Financial Inclusion” Leadership Program in 2016. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Lyon II in France.

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Long-Term Finance
Arnaud
Arnaud Floris
Financial Sector Advisor

Arnaud is the Financial Sector Advisor leading MFW4A’s Long-Term Finance workstream. He has diverse experience across Europe and Africa in resource mobilization, strategic planning and project management.

Arnaud currently works with policymakers, regulators, and institutional investors to support the mobilization of long-term resources for investment in infrastructure and housing projects in Africa. Prior to MFW4A, Arnaud worked with the African Development Bank where he was a leading member of the team coordinating the African Development Fund's allocation process. Arnaud holds a master’s degree in Business & Economics from Skema Business School and the Paris Institute of Political Studies - French Economic Observatory (OFCE).

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Knowledge Management
Guy R Menon
Guy R. Menan
Knowledge & Research Manager

Guy is the Research and Knowledge Manager of MFW4A. He has over 15 years of experience in the financial sector in Africa and the US. He began his career at Hudson, a brokerage firm in Cote d’Ivoire before joining SOAGA, a regional asset management firm as the Head of Research.

In this role, Guy contributed to the inception of the Central African capital markets, advised on major investments for the West African Investment Fund and monitored stock movements on the BRVM (Regional Securities Exchange). He also worked as an Investment Officer with the Alexandria-based fund Venture Verde and at the North American HQ of Roche. Prior to joining MFW4A, Guy worked at a New-York-based research firm, focusing on African frontier markets. Guy is a graduate of the Polytechnic National Institute of Cote d’Ivoire and holds an MS-MBA in Finance from the Kelley School of Business in Indiana.

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Yves
Yves Kra
Associate Research Officer

Yves is an Associate Research Officer in the Knowledge Management team of MFW4A. Amongst his various duties, he conducts research-based assessments and analysis of Africa’s financial sectors, developing and maintaining MFW4A’s Donor Projects Database and related projects.

Yves also conducts on-demand research for the MFW4A Secretariat and its partner institutions. Yves holds a Ph.D. from Paris XIII University, awarded in 2017. His thesis was part of a research project on the complementarity between banks and microfinance institutions in the West African Economic and Monetary Union. His current research interests include microfinance, banking, and applied econometrics in developing countries.

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Alain-Stéphane
Alain-Stéphane Moulot
Associate Research Officer

Alain-Stéphane is an Associate Research Officer with MFW4A. Prior to joining the Partnership, he worked as a Strategy & Management consultant for financial institutions, focusing on the banking and insurance sectors in Côte d’Ivoire.

He also has experience as a Mortgage Loan Analyst at Avenue 365 Lenders’ Services based in Pennsylvania. Alain-Stéphane holds bachelor and MBA degrees in Finance respectively from Temple University and Philadelphia University, where he was the recipient of various leadership and finance awards including the “Lincoln Financial Finance Case Competition” and the “Who’s Who in American Universities” awards.

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Our Members

Governing Members

The AfDB is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. AfDB’s priority areas (High5s) are: Light up & power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. There are 80-member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).

Afreximbank was established in Abuja, Nigeria in October, 1993 by African Governments, African private and institutional investors as well as non-African financial institutions and private investors for the purpose of financing, promoting and expanding intra-African and extra-African trade. Afreximbank is headquartered in Cairo with branch offices in Harare, Abuja, Abidjan and Nairobi.

 

AFD is France’s inclusive public development bank. AFD commits financing and technical assistance to projects that genuinely improve everyday live, both in developing and emerging countries, and in the French overseas provinces. AFD works in many sectors — energy, healthcare, biodiversity, water, digital technology, professional training, among others.

GIZ is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. GIZ’s main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organisations. The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is responsible for Dutch foreign policy as well as policy regarding the Netherlands’ cooperation with Europe and is accountable to Parliament. The Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation is responsible for policy on trade, development cooperation and foreign aid.

EIB is the EU's bank and is the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the EU Member States. EIB provides finance and expertise for sustainable investment projects that contribute to EU policy objectives. EIB’s activities focus on four priority areas: Innovation and skills, Access to finance for smaller businesses, Infrastructure, and Climate and environment.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung), BMZ, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. Founded in 1961, the Ministry works to encourage economic development within Germany and in other countries through international cooperation and partnerships.

Partners

Our Supervisory Board

Wolfgang Bücker
Head, Sector Programme
Financial Systems Development, Economic and Social Development
GIZ 
Adriaan van Velthoven 
Policy Officer Financial Sector Development

Department of Sustainable Economic Development  

MFA
Hélène Mace
Investment Officer
Financial Institutions and Private Sector Support
AFD
Simon McCoy
Senior Economist
EIB
Stefan Nalletamby
Chair of the MFW4A Partnership
Director Financial Sector Development Department (PIFD)
AfDB
Robert Schofield
Head, Financial Sector Division Global Partners
EIB