Responsible Finance Forum

RFF Africa 2018

Investing in Responsible Finance and Innovation for Africa’s Digital Economies

The Ninth Annual Responsible Finance Forum: Investing in Responsible Finance and Innovation for Africa’s Digital Economies (RFF Africa 2018) was held on October 1-2, 2018 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


RFF Africa 2018 was co-led by IFC and Making Finance Work for Africa based at the African Development Bank, and organized in collaboration with RFF partners GIZCGAPBTCA/UNCDF and the World Bank. The RFF was supported by Germany’s Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This year’s Forum was a continuation of prior Annual RFF Events and focused on Africa’s evolving digital landscape. The Forum brought together over 120 investors, industry, policymakers, practitioners and innovators to assess critical challenges facing Africa today as well as its potential to accelerate investments in responsible digital financial services.

Participants engaged with Africa’s local practitioners including representatives from central banks and insurance regulators about evolving models and technology solutions together with Signatories of the recently launched Guidelines for Investing in Responsible Digital Financial Services.  RFF Africa provided another opportunity for additional inputs and consultations to enhance the Investor Guidelines launched in June 2018 in Amsterdam.

Program | Objectives


RFF Africa Program

Agenda | Speaker Bios 

See detailed agenda sessions and speaker biographies here

Agenda and Speaker Bios

Photo Gallery

Highlights of the event can be found here

Event Photos

Takeaways | Press Release

IFC in partnership with BMZ and Making Finance Work for Africa hosts first Responsible Finance Forum in Africa, Boosts Support for Responsible Digital Finance Investments.  Initial takeaways can be found here

Press Release

Investor Guidelines | Next Steps

Deep Dive Sessions engaged participants in interactive dialogue, building on evolving industry and practitioner experiences to further adapt the Investor Guidelines in accordance with changes in digital financial services.  Inputs from discussions and consultations with deep dive participants will be used further to refine Potential Actions for the Investor Guidelines.

Nov 5-7, 2018 | SME Finance Forum Meetings in Madrid. Join us at the Global SME Finance Forum on November 5-7, 2018 to announce the winners of the “Responsible Digital Innovator of the Year Award” at the inaugural launch of the Global SME Finance Awards Ceremony on November 6th.

Nov 8, 2018 | Investor Guidelines Meeting in Madrid. A follow-up meeting will also take place at the same venue (tbc) in Madrid on November 8th to announce latest updates to advance objectives of the Investor Guidelines, reflecting on Deep Dive consultations and inputs from RFF Africa in Dar Es Salaam, held on October 2, 2018.

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