Sub-Saharan Africa

  • MIE is the only company in South Africa to offer continent wide verifications
  • MIE conducts Reference Checks and Qualification Verifications globally
  • MIE offers Criminal, Identity, Work Permit, Financial and Credit verifications in 16 countries

As the market leader in Background Screening, MIE’s progress in global credential verification has culminated extensive Sub-Saharan Africa verifications.

MIE offers detailed and specific Background Screening services in 16 different African countries.

MIE has incorporated suppliers and partners with a wide array of specialisation and skills set. These include various data sources such as institutions and governmental departments, as well as, credit bureaus, recruitment companies and in-country investigators.

MIE is quickly becoming the trusted and experienced one-stop-shop for many large corporates and verification suppliers globally. In an environment where data-availability terrain can be treacherous, in-country partnerships and Background Screening expertise has allowed MIE to become the powerhouse of pre-employment screening on the continent.

Various checks can be conducted in Africa. Visit for more information.

Criminal Checks

Application for a clearance certificate
  • MIE applies for a clearance certificate on behalf of the candidate (fingerprints are required)
Verification of a clearance certificate
  • MIE verifies the authenticity of a clearance certificate directly with the issuing body
Criminal record checks
  • A name and identity record check is done with the Police

Credit Checks

MIE is able to offer credit checking facilities on the continent. Not all African countries have a developed credit industry. Countries vary in terms of:

  • The most developed countries in Africa in terms of Credit will have at least 1 fully functioning Credit Bureau. Those that are less developed in terms of credit recording have a Public Credit Registry. Lastly, the underdeveloped countries in terms of credit recording do not have a bureau or a registry. In these regions the Central Banks store the data and they do not share it.
  • In certain countries it is illegal to sell credit information for non-credit purposes. In other words, the information is only available to credit providers.
  • The depth and availability of credit data varies greatly on the continent. Certain countries are able to sell both positive and negative data, whereas in others we can only access the negative data. The addition of positive data helps give a clearer picture of the candidate’s spending patterns/behavior.

MIE only accesses credit information from Private Credit Bureaus. It is for this reason that we are unable to offer this service in certain countries. Be wary of suppliers who do.

Qualification Verification

MIE is able to verify secondary and tertiary qualifications in all African countries. African institutions vary greatly in terms of time, processes, record-keeping and cost.

  • Turnaround times (TATs) do vary significantly and we cannot guarantee our TATs on the continent. Many institutions are not aware of the purpose or of the importance of qualification verification.
  • Qualification verification processes do vary. Generally-speaking one should always attach a clear copy of the certificate/degree. This will assist greatly in verifying the candidate’s credentials.
  • Certain institutions do not have comprehensive electronic qualification data. Files are still kept in a large storeroom which needs to be search manually.
  • Unfortunately certain institutions think that the verification of their own student records is an opportunity for an additional stream of revenue. The costs of Background Screening, however, will decrease as the demand increases and the market matures.

Identity Verifications

MIE is able to offer ID verifications, Passport Checks, Citizenship checks and Permanent Residency/Work Permit checks. Not all of these are available in all regions as certain countries do not have adequate identification information on its citizens or we have been unable to source this information.

MIE is only able to conduct screening on an individual who either has an identity number and/or a passport. In lieu of these we are not able to confirm the candidate’s credentials.

Driver’s Licences

MIE is able to verify both professional and standard driver’s licences in up to 16 different African countries.

Other Services

MIE also offers the following products in various Sub-Saharan countries:

  • Financial Regulatory Checks: Is the candidate registered to sell financial products?
  • Death Certificate Verification: used specifically in the insurance industry to verify the validity of claims.
  • Employment Confirmation: used to verify employment dates, position, performance, etc.
  • Reference Checks: Referees are contacted with a set of performance and character-based questions.
  • Media Searches: Online media channels are searched.

Various checks can be conducted in Africa. Visit for more information.

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