About CCAF

About the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

Driven by its mission to create and transfer knowledge addressing emergent gaps in the financial sector that supports evidence-based decision-making, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) is a research centre at the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Established in 2015, the CCAF is dedicated to the study of technology-enabled and innovative instruments, channels, and systems emerging outside of traditional finance. The Centre has published more than 40 high-impact industry and regulatory reports and surveyed more than 4,500 FinTech firms in over 185 countries. The CCAF has also collaborated with more than 120 regulatory authorities and central banks worldwide on regulatory research. Through its Cambridge FinTech and Regulatory Innovation (CFTRI) online education programme, the Centre has successfully delivered online capacity building and education to more than 1,200 regulators and central bankers from over 300 institutions in 140 countries.

About the Cambridge Alternative Finance Collaboration Network (CAFCN)

The CAFCN is a knowledge network of regionally embedded resources and capabilities engaged in the creation, exchange and transfer of knowledge needed by policymakers, regulators & industry to navigate the digital transformation of the global financial system. The CAFCN has three layers -- the physical infrastructure layer consisting of strategically situated regional research collaborations; the data infrastructure layer that enables the ongoing development of a global FinTech data repository and the programmatic layer comprising research, digital tools plus capacity building and education programmes. The Cambridge FinTech Ecosystem Atlas is one of the scalable digital tools that is currently under development together with the Cambridge Alternative Finance Benchmarks and Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index.

The CAFCN is now activated in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Asia-Pacific Region (APAC). 

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