This case study investigates the potential tradeoffs between regulations and stability of Kenya’s financial sector and their implications for inclusive growth
The study considers the context of 6 areas:
size and growth of the financial sector relative to lower-income countries and middle-income countries
implications of a mixture of local banks (some of which have spread to neighbouring countries), foreign banks and development finance institutions
evolution and macroeconomic implications of financial innovations and inclusion
cost and access to credit, especially to small and medium enterprises
management of capital flows in the context of large current account deficits, mainly financed by short-term net capital inflows such that their easy reversibility could potentially generate a currency crisis.
This is an output from the ‘Financial regulation in low-income countries: Balancing inclusive growth with financial stability’ project funded by the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP).
Mwega, F.M. Financial Regulation in Kenya: Balancing Inclusive Growth with Financial Stability. (2014) ODI Working paper 407
Published 30 November 2014