Mar 08, 2017
Monrovia, LIBERIA

In the Joe Bar Market on the Old Road, the stalls follow one another neatly, displaying local delicacies like colourful embroidery on rotting-wood-plank canvas.

If you have been there this year and you had to think of a colour associated with this place, your mind would probably respond yellow without hesitation. Yellow has become the dominant colour in the market since market women started accepting mobile money.

Mar 08, 2017
New York, USA

The Swedish fashion company H&M group announced today that it will encourage its suppliers to pay their workers through mobile money or other digital forms to improve the livelihoods of its workforce, enhance transparency and cut factory costs.

This effort comes as the company officially joins the Better Than Cash Alliance, a United Nations-based partnership of governments, companies and international organizations accelerating the transition from cash to digital payments.

Mar 06, 2017
Lusaka, ZAMBIA

This blog post is the first of a series dedicated to the lessons UNCDF MM4P learned in applying HCD methods introduced by Tillman Bruett in this previous post.

Mar 02, 2017
Brussels, BELGIUM

There has been a lot of “buzz” in the past five years around how human-centered design (HCD) and customer centricity can make digital finance more inclusive.

Mar 02, 2017
Kathmandu, NEPAL

This post is the first of three looking at the digitization of social security benefit grants in Nepal. It provides the background of the country’s social security allowance (SSA) programme and describes how the current method of payment works.

Mar 01, 2017
Brussels, BELGIUM

Partnership between the European Union and the United Nations has benefited millions of people in more than 170 countries across the globe, according to the latest report showcasing the results and strength of the collaboration between the United Nations and the European Union.

From the Millennium Development Goals to the new 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the European Union has worked together with the United Nations to ensure access to education and health, save lives, increase resilience, and promote the values enshrined in the UN Charter of peace and human rights.

Feb 27, 2017
Cotounou, BÉNIN

Avez-vous déjà entendu parler de M-dorado ? Le paradis du tout-numérique, ou les services financiers digitaux transforment – améliorent – le quotidien des populations, permettent de faire des affaires plus facilement et à moindre coût, imposent la transparence au grand dam de la corruption et de la mauvaise gouvernance. Sans aller vite en besogne, on peut dire que l’Afrique est en -bon- chemin pour M-dorado.

Feb 22, 2017
New York, NY

Becoming an agent is one of the simpler methods FSPs and MFIs can utilize to enter the digital finance arena.  In this model, the FSP acts as an agent for a DFS provider (often an MNO) and offers the provider’s products and services through the FSP’s own branch network.

Learn if becoming an agent is right for your FSP or MFI with this step-by-step guide. Be an Agent,is DFS Toolkit #2 in the MicroLead Series: How to Succeed in Your Digital Journey.

Feb 20, 2017
Cotonou, Benin

The workshop "Savings Groups: More Than Financial Services" co-organized by UNCDF in partnership with the SEEP Network and Financial Services Deepening Africa (FSD Africa), Freedom from Hunger and UK Aid was held on Thursday 16 February 2017 at Azalai Beach Hotel in Cotonou. The event was officially launched by the Honorable Adidjatou Mathys, Minister of Labor, Public Service and Social Affairs in charge of Microfinance. The workshop’s objective was to discuss the role of savings groups in the economic and social development at the grassroots level in Benin.