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West African Transparent Pricing Workshop

Published on March 8, 2011

Les pays de l’UEMOA posent les fondations pour une tarification transparente & la protection des consommateurs en Microfinance

On March 3, 2011 MFTransparency and Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation co-hosted the West African Transparent Pricing Workshop in Dakar, Senegal. This event brought together regulators, microfinance institutions, MFI networks and a range of industry support organizations for presentations and training on transparent pricing in the specific context of the microfinance markets under the supervision of the BCEAO. Sessions included discussions on microfinance, policy and consumer protection in West Africa, an overview of the Transparent Pricing Initiative in West Africa and training on the calculation of transparent pricing using MFTransparency tools. Click below to see the full agenda.

MFTransparency would like to thank all those who participated in this workshop, in particular the speakers who made it a successful event.

Several of the presentations and speeches are available for download below.


  • Speech – Mr. Sidi Lamine, Directeur Exécutif, AP-SFD
  • Speech – Mr. Jacques Flies, Chargé d’Affaires, Head of the Bureau de la Coopération, Ambassade du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg à Dakar
  • Speech – Mr. Ousmane Samba Mamadou, Directeur des Etablissements de Crédit et de Microfinance, BCEAO

Session 1: Overview of West African Microfinance, Policy and Consumer Protection

  • Presentation – Mr. Charles Cordier, Analyste, Afrique francophone et région arabe, Microfinance Information Exchange, Inc.
  • Presentation– Mr. Djibril Maguette Mbengue, Spécialiste en Microfinance, CGAP
  • Presentation – Mr. Abdoulaye Gaye, Secrétaire Exécutif, Observatoire de la Qualité des Services Financiers

Session 2: Overview of MFTransparency and the Transparent Pricing Initiative

  • Presentation – Ms. Alexandra Fiorillo, Vice President, MFTransparency

Session 3: Microfinance Pricing Practices in West Africa

  • UIMCEC – Mr. Ousmane Thiongane, Directeur General, U- IMCEC Sénégal
  • ACEP – Mr. Souleymane Sarr, Responsable Etudes et Développement, ACEP Sénégal
  • Pamecas – Mr. Mamadou Touré, Directeur General, Pamecas Sénégal
  • CECA – Mr. Gbandi Koura-Napo, Directeur Administratif et Financier, CECA Togo

Session 4: Training on Microfinance Costs and Prices – MFTransparency Tools with a Focus on West Africa

  • Presentation – Mr. Chuck Waterfield, CEO & President, MFTransparency

Microfinance and Social Business: Tools for Development in Africa

Following MFTransparency’s West African Transparent Pricing Workshop, the Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation hosted a half-day conference discussion social business and development in Africa. MFTransparency CEO & President Chuck Waterfield also participated as a speaker at this event.

  • Presentation – Mr. Chuck Waterfield, CEO & President, MFTransparency

In the News: A writeup of both events was published by Agence de Presse Sénégalaise. Click here to read the full article.

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