A two-member team from the Korea Environment Institute (KEI) were on a field mission in Bhutan from the 17th to the 25th of August, 2016, as a part of the collaboration with UNCDF’s Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) programme to develop science-based climate change country frameworks for Bhutan and Cambodia, which can be used as a key reference for investments to improve climate change resilience and adaptive capacity at the local level.
For many children and women, such as Mrs. Jasmine Musulman, there’s a new chance available that is very different from their previous lives of climate strife on the riverbanks of the Padma River in rural Bangladesh. After being displaced from weather changes and having to relocate with no financial safety net, her income increased considerably because of her efforts in selling vegetables in a nearby market. This has not only changed her level of income, but has allowed her to feed her children.
In September 2011, in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, UNCDF expanded its global MicroLead programme for another six years. With this new funding, MicroLead provides grants on a competitive basis to microfinance institutions, commercial banks and financial cooperatives operating in sub-Saharan Africa pursuing a savings-led approach to expand financial inclusion in underserved markets.
The MAP Global Insights Notes series
The MAP Global Insights products attempt to consolidate and synthesise the learnings from MAP across the MAP pilot countries. The first of the MAP Global Insights products comprises five thematic cross-country Notes, based on the initial round of findings from the country diagnostic studies, which have been conducted in Thailand, Myanmar, Swaziland, Mozambique, Lesotho and Malawi.
On the occasion of the European Microfinance Week, UNCDF’s Making Access Possible (MAP) programme launched its Global Insights Notes Series and released the first note “Decoding the Customer: First impressions from a more granular approach to client typology.”
The MAP Global Insights series takes a closer look at some of the unique market characteristics and customer insights uncovered from the work undertaken in Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar and Thailand.
UNCDF’s Regional Office for Asia and The Pacific organized a two-day ThinkShop on January 20-21, 2015 held at the Australian Embassy in collaboration with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), titled “Enhancing the Role of Finance in Expanding Equal Opportunities for Women to Access, Use and Benefit from Real-Economy Markets.” The event was held in the framework of UNCDF’s Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) programme, which ai