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September 2, 2015   

Best Practices // Legislation/Regulation Publications


An enabling legislative environment supported by a prudential and risk-based supervisory framework is essential for credit union success. Based on decades of experience in dozens of countries, World Council provides the following legislative, regulatory and supervisory resources for credit unions, supervisors and policymakers.

Model Law for Credit Unions & Guide to International Credit Union Legislation

Model Law for Credit Unions provides a sample legislative framework to aid in preparing and seeking approval of laws. Guide to International Credit Union Legislation contains credit union legislative and regulatory summaries for over 100 countries and political provinces.

Model Law English | Spanish
Guide English

Model Regulations for Credit Unions
Model Regulations

Model Regulations for Credit Unions provides a starting point for implementing quality regulatory standards for credit unions. It is based on World Council's extensive international development experience and documented best practices. The regulation matrix contains real world examples of regulations from 18 developing and developed credit union sectors.

Model Regulations English | Spanish | French | Russian
Matrix English | Spanish | French | Russian
Summary English

Islamic Finance for Credit Unions

The Islamic Finance Manual is the first known guide to establishing Shariah-compliant credit unions in the developing world. The Customer Owned Banking Association, World Council's member organization in Australia, developed the manual based on World Council's experience establishing Islamic investment and finance cooperatives in Afghanistan (2004–2012).

Global Regulatory Update

The Global Regulatory Update is World Council's twice yearly electronic newsletter of regulatory issues throughout the world. Click here to subscribe online.

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