Oct 13, 2016

Have you heard of the Fosbury Flop? Probably not. But you’d know one if you saw it. It’s the technique that high jumpers use when jumping back-first over high bars, commonly seen at the Olympics. It wasn’t always the accepted way of doing things, of course. Previously, athletes approached the bar front-on, and jumping over backwards was considered unconventional and clumsy. The consensus at the time was that jumping backwards could never lead to higher jumps. That was until Dick Fosbury came along and won gold, employing his namesake move at the 1968 Olympics.

Oct 13, 2016
Phnom Penh

As a growing number of solar companies offer the pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) financing model for customers, the solar sector is going digital. Not only are customers paying digitally, but solar companies are building digital back offices.  With support from several partners, including UNCDF CleanStart, Kamworks – a solar company that provides solar power to more than 150,000 rural customers in Cambodia – has developed a proprietary PAYGO and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform.

Oct 11, 2016

Some 78 percent of the 200 million young people in sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $2 a day and only 5 percent have access to financial services. With statistics like these, there is no question that youth have become a core concern in many African economies – yet most financial institutions are not equipped to address them as real potential customers. Lack of access to financial resources is a major constraint for youth transitioning from school to work.

Oct 10, 2016
Hargeisa, Somaliland

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance (MOF), Office of Accountant General, and IMC with the support of UNCDF/JPLG jointly organized a two days pre-discussion review workshop (4-5 September 2016) focusing on FDS (Fiscal Decentralization Strategy Progress, Local Government Financing framework, services deliveries of the CG Ministries, in anticipation of the proposed  Government Budget Conference which is due to be held on 11th October, 2016, commenced today at the Ambassador Hotel in Hargeisa.

Oct 07, 2016

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) sign an agreement in an effort to scale up WFP’s assistance to support the local economy in Sierra Leone through innovative cash-based transfers. The partnership will enable WFP to build a robust system for delivering cash transfers to the most vulnerable households.

Oct 05, 2016
Suva, FIJI

A simple text message is all it will take Pacific Islanders to sign up to new microinsurance products providing a crucial safety net for families.

BIMA, a world-leading mobile micro-insurance provider, and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) have launched their second major joint initiative that will provide microinsurance products to underserved communities across five Pacific Island countries.

Oct 03, 2016
Kampala, UGANDA

Making financial services more accessible to the unbanked requires making the right evidence-based decisions, monitoring impact and reconsidering earlier decisions. Each step involves data.

Where can this data come from? Meaningful data trails are left by anyone, including low-income people in the least developed countries, as they interact both offline and online. When financial inclusion efforts are carried out through digital financial services, leveraging data analysis can be automated, cheap and fast.

Oct 03, 2016
New York, USA

By Ramatolie Saho, Senior Associate, Product Development, Women's World Banking

During Women’s World Banking’s Making Finance Work for Women Summit last November, Chief Product Development Officer Anna Gincherman moderated a conversation with three leading banks to understand how they are reaching underserved market segments, including women and youth, through innovative savings products.

Oct 03, 2016

Ms. ME makes snacks to sell to schoolchildren. She is 30 years old, a primary school graduate, and has her own mobile phone. When the Diaries study started, she lived with her parents but then her mother passed away and her father went back to their home village. Ms. ME’s brother and his wife, and an aunt, also lived with her and, while her mother was alive, shared the same cooking pot. After her mother’s passing the household divided: Ms. ME and her brother and aunt still eat from the same pot, but the sister-in-law keeps some of her business income separate.

Sep 27, 2016
Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

Two seemingly different companies, one focused on water and the other focused on fire (or energy), have joined hands to get 15,000 locally manufactured stoves into the hands of everyday Cambodians in the next two years. Hydrologic Social Enterprise Company Ltd. is in the business of getting clean water to more people. They produce ceramic water purifiers called Tunsai locally.