Policy and Regulation: Resource Guide

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Basel Committee on Banking Supervision  - The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision provides a forum for regular cooperation on banking supervisory matters. Over the past decade, it has developed increasingly into a standard-setting body and has published numerous policy papers on banking supervision, which are available on its website.

CGAP - CGAP’s Government and Policy work focuses on building favorable policy and regulatory frameworks for financial service providers serving the poor. The website contains numerous publications on policy and regulatory issues, and provides background information on different topics such as branchless banking, consumer protection, regulation & supervision, and the role of government.

Doing Business - The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across almost all the countries of the world. The site provides country-specific reports and rankings of the relative ease of doing business in each country. In addition, the Doing Business Law Library is the largest free online collection of business laws and regulations.

Financial Action Task Force (FATF) - FATF is an inter-governmental body whose purpose is the development and promotion of national and international policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. Developing countries face the challenge of complying with FATF policies without adversely affecting the poor’s access to finance in the process. The website contains publications on FATF standards, recommendations, and methodology; FAQs and links to other resources.

FIRST Initiative - The Financial Sector Reform and Strengthening (FIRST) Initiative provides technical assistance to promote financial sector strengthening. The website provides information and lessons learned from the initiative’s projects, as well as reports, meeting announcements, and links to other financial sector resources.

Lexadin - The World Law Guide - Lexadin provides links to laws and regulations for over 160 countries worldwide. Categories relevant to microfinance regulation and supervision include banking law, company law, insurance law and tax law.

World Bank’s Bank Regulation & Supervision Database - The World Bank created the first comprehensive, cross-country survey of how banks are regulated and supervised. The 2007 database contains data from 143 countries surveyed in 2005-2006.

World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) - WOCCU is a global credit union network that supports the adoption of best practices by credit unions around the world. This site includes a number of documents on credit union regulatory and supervisory best practices.

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