IFC Launches DigiLab Finance to Boost Tech Adoption Among African Banks

IFC Launches DigiLab Finance to Boost Tech Adoption Among African Banks

by 11 June 2021

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) launched its DigiLab Finance training and support programme to increase financial inclusion as well as support the digital transformation of financial institutions across Africa and the Middle East.

DigiLab Finance is a capacity building programme that equips selected financial institutions with practical knowledge and tools to help them develop digital strategies, helping them adapt and adopt to technological trends accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and better serve their clients.

The first cohort of four financial institutions from Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Zambia began the six-week online DigiLab programme on June 1.

At the end of the six-week training programme, participating financial institutions present their strategies and roadmaps for implementing a digital strategy to a panel of experts that provides feedback to help them incorporate improvements to their digital finance operations.

IFC introduced DigiLab Finance in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018 and then in Europe and Central Asia in 2020.

Since its launch, DigiLab has supported 23 financial institutions to implement new business structures, launch digital products that better serve customer needs, and explore partnerships with fintechs or other tech providers.

Riadh Naouar, IFC Financial Institutions Group Manager for Africa and the Middle East

Riadh Naouar

“Coronavirus has changed the way we live and work and has made digital transformation for financial institutions more important than ever. Banks across the region have already made good progress adapting new technologies, although implementation of full digital transformation remains a challenge.

 

The DigiLab programme will help improve on this aspect of implementation and is part of IFC’s broader strategy to support a stronger, more sustainable financial sector.”

said Riadh Naouar, IFC Financial Institutions Group Manager for Africa and the Middle East.

 

Featured image credit: edited from Unsplash

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