Nov. 25, 2015

The headline of the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a global commitment to eradicate poverty by 2030. Nearly half the population of the 48 least developed countries (LDCs) – some 400 million people – remain in extreme poverty, compared with less than a quarter in any other developing country.

Nov. 24, 2015
Lomé, TOGO

« Making Access Possible », ou rendre les services financiers accessibles à tous. Pionnier depuis deux ans dans l’inclusion financière, le Togo entend passer à une autre étape. Elaborer une stratégie nationale d’inclusion financière à travers un processus bien défini, devant rassembler les parties prenantes autour du diagnostic et d’un dialogue pays sur l’inclusion financière.

Nov. 20, 2015

Massive Government to Person (G2P) payment programmes have become a vehicle for financial inclusion and a gateway for the development of robust payments infrastructure that bolster the provision of financial services to households at the bottom of the pyramid. Improvements in the way payments are posted, processed and disbursed can drastically reduce transactions costs and increase product and service delivery to beneficiaries.

Nov. 20, 2015
New York, USA

Digital Financial Solutions to Advance Women’s Economic Participation
How governments, private sector and development organizations can bring more women into the global economy through digital financial services

A report by the World Bank Development Research Group, the Better Than Cash Alliance, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Women’s World Banking to the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion.

Prepared for the Turkish G20 Presidency November 16, 2015

Nov. 20, 2015
Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG

European Microfinance Week (#emw2015) got underway today in Luxembourg, with this year’s attention on Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development.

Nov. 19, 2015

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.

Nov. 19, 2015

The Central Bank, Bank of Sierra Leone, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) launches the country’s first mobile money regulations to accelerate the delivery of financial services to the poor, including women and youth. 

Nov. 18, 2015

The success of the 2030 Agenda will depend in large part on the success of global efforts to tackle climate change. Climate change threatens to undo decades of progress towards reducing poverty and improving human development.

#UNCDFExpertsChat spoke with Fakri Karim, Programme Manager of UNCDF’s Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL), about how to manage risks from climate impacts, protect communities and strengthen the resilience of the economy through localization.

Nov. 11, 2015
New York, USA

At 2015 United Nations Pledging Conference, the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg announced its continued commitment to the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) by pledging a 2016 core contribution of 800,000 Euros and thematic contributions of 400,000 Euros for local development and inclusive finance.

Nov. 10, 2015

The Production of Colonial Coffee is a change project under the International Training Programme (ITP) supported jointly by UNCDF and the International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD).  The purpose of the project is to improve people’s incomes through increasing colonial coffee productivity per unit area.