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Kenya’s banks set for another bumpy year

February 15, 2021

Large government debt and vulnerability to external shocks could derail the banking sector’s recovery in 2021.

 

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Behind the push to make banking more inclusive in MENA

February 4, 2021

The Middle East and north Africa has some of the lowest access to financial services in the world, but work is underway to change this.

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Nigeria’s fintech scene booms despite economic woes

December 11, 2020

Investment surges as start-ups seek to tap 40% of country still unbanked amid rising internet use.

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Nigeria’s banks grapple with Covid-19 and oil price slump

November 27, 2020

Lenders' profitability set to weaken on the back of higher impairments and lower net interest margins.

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IFC encourages the private sector in the Middle East and Africa

November 2, 2020

IFC vice-president for the Middle East and Africa, Sérgio Pimenta, on Covid-19’s lasting impact on economies in the two regions.

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Angolan banks battle against economic headwinds

October 5, 2020

Despite entering the fifth year of a deep recession, there is hope Angola may be able to claw its way out of the slump.

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The Banker's Top 100 African Banks 2020

October 1, 2020

The Top 100 African Banks ranking shows strong performance for South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria. 

Can South Africa’s banks ride out economic storm?

September 22, 2020

South Africa has been hit hard by Covid-19, which has had a dramatic impact on its GDP.

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Jaiz Bank CEO on reaching Nigeria's unbanked citizens

September 7, 2020

There's overlap between Islamic finance and the UN SDGs, says managing director Hassan Usman.

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How gender bonds can reduce inequality and boost economies

August 28, 2020

By investing in gender bonds and female-led businesses, development funds aim to boost economies as a whole.