Apr 24, 2017
Dosso Region, NIGER

Many of us can’t imagine living without an arm’s reach of water, but for a number of Niger’s rural people, it is a reality they have to face daily. Confronted with the rising concerns over climate change, the locals attest to strange weather patterns. Recently, numerous locals have noticed the rainy season has started earlier than the usual time.  

Apr 23, 2017

On March 27th, Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI), in partnership with the UNCDF, are officially launching the 'Bank the Youth' Campaign. The aim of this Campaign is to overcome the barriers to financial inclusion for young people and increase their exposure to Child and Youth Friendly banking products throughout the world. 

Apr 20, 2017
Dar Es Salaam, TANZANIA

Amos Odero, Associate Programme Manager in the MasterCard Foundation’s Financial Inclusion Team, spoke to us about his experience with rapid prototyping at the MicroLead Peer Learning Conference. Here’s what he had to say:

Apr 18, 2017
Singapore, SINGAPORE

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) have formed a strategic partnership under the ongoing UNCDF’s SHIFT (Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations) programme to facilitate the development and access to digital financial services in the ASEAN region.

Apr 17, 2017
New York, USA

The Government of Andorra has contributed EUR 15,000 to the Green Economy window of the UNCDF's Last Mile Finance Trust Fund, a multi-partner trust fund to support Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in their pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals and their graduation targets in the context of the Istanbul Programme of Action.

Apr 11, 2017
New York, NY

We interviewed Prabhat Labh, who’s been The MasterCard Foundation representative to MicroLead for the last four years. Our interview template is a modified Proust Questionnaire (with apologies to Vanity Fair and Proust).

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

My most blissful moments are spending time with my family – my daughter, wife, siblings – and you talk and chat and eat and worry about nothing.

What is your greatest fear?

Apr 03, 2017
Kampala, UGANDA

As you leave Kampala and its busy streets, you head into rural Uganda where you exchange small shops and boda-bodas for coffee, maize, goats and chickens. More than 80% of the population lives here, and agriculture and its large cohort of smallholder farmers account for 23% of Uganda’s GDP. 

Mar 30, 2017
Lilongwe, MALAWI

The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, in collaboration with the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s MM4P programme, the Better Than Cash Alliance and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is pleased to inform the general public that it will launch the Malawi Government Payments Roadmap on Thursday, 30th March 2017 at Umodzi Park, Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

Mar 29, 2017
Vientiane, LAO PDR

Lao PDR is a greenfield environment when it comes to mobile money. Some mobile banking initiatives have been implemented, but there are no mobile money wallets as such – yet! UNCDF has been supporting Star Telecom (Unitel), a mobile network operator in its efforts to launch the first ever mobile money wallet in the country. 

Mar 29, 2017
Suva, FIJI

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has congratulated Fiji’s continued progress in promoting financial inclusion and has committed to supporting Fiji’s ongoing work to increase access to financial services and products at a meeting between UNCDF Executive Secretary, Judith Karl, and Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.