The effects of regulation on microfinance in West Africa

The effects of regulation on microfinance in West Africa
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As in many other regions, the countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union
(WAEMU) have established specific regulations for their regional financial systems (SFD).
What are the effects of such regulation? We wanted to ask the views of stakeholders in
the region, both on the supply side of microfinance institution (MFI) services, but also on
the demand side, particularly rural demand, such as among farmers’ organizations and
producers.
Caution is called for, however. Given how recent implementation of the new regulations
has been, all we can do is highlight several trends and relatively widespread perceptions
of existing risks.

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