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Informations

Jul 25, 2016
Kampala, UGANDA

Since the introduction of mobile money in Uganda in 2009, the country has not gone beyond basic mobile products like airtime top-ups and bill payments, which offer little incentive for continued usage and new subscriber uptake. That should not be the case anymore: Mobile Telephone Networks (MTN) is pushing Uganda into a new era with a more advanced and unprecedented mobile savings and loan product to be launched this month.

Jul 25, 2016
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Worldwide, it is estimated that approximately twelve million people are members of facilitated savings groups and millions more enjoy the benefits of informal financial groupings like ROSCAs, ASCAs, tontines, etc.  MFIs and other formal financial institutions have been working to leverage these groups, forming and linking them to their formal financial services and accounts. Typically, forming a savings group entails a good bit of financial education – both in how to manage groups and product-linked financial education. But is it worth it for MFIs?

Jul 21, 2016
Niamey, Niger

Dans les villages les plus éloignés du Niger, la pénurie d’eau s’aggrave et devient un sujet de préoccupation pour de nombreuses personnes. En raison du changement climatique, la population du district de Dosso a de plus en plus de mal à trouver des sources d’eau potable sûres et sécurisées.

Jul 21, 2016
New York, USA

It’s all at our fingertips. The possibility to make a payment. The delight of receiving one. From Peru to Rwanda to India, people, governments and businesses are increasingly making their payment transactions digitally, whether by mobile phone, by card or online.

Jul 19, 2016
Kathmandu, Nepal

The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) have recently signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for joint collaboration. Executive Secretary of UNCDF, Ms. Judith Karl, and Director General of ICIMOD, Dr. David James Molden, signed the MOU on July 14, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Jul 19, 2016
Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal Rastra Bank, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly launched the findings from the supply side study and roadmap for financial inclusion in Nepal. The findings were released in a national conference, which was jointly inaugurated by Honourable Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada, Vice Chairperson of the National Planning Commission; Dr.

Jul 19, 2016
New York, USA

To meet the SDGs with their emphasis on leaving no one behind, we need solutions that tackle persistent exclusions and inequalities in the local economies and communities where the poor live and work. Targeting the last mile means adapting solutions to the households, localities and small enterprises that are underserved, where development needs are greatest and where resources are scarcest.

Jul 15, 2016
Dhaka, Bangladesh

In the first phase of the UNCDF's Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) programme in Bangladesh, the local government in the Upazila of Godagari started a range of awareness and capacity-building activities. In Nimtola village, the project provided the villagers a safe testing ground for eco-friendly technologies, including solar panels (with PCU and a community grid), a biogas system and improved cooking stoves.

Jul 14, 2016
Porto-Novo, BENIN

In Benin, MicroLead partners Freedom from HungerALIDE (an MFI) and FadeC (an NGO) are experimenting with the investment/return balance for linking savings groups. What is the bare minimum that financial service providers (FSPs) must invest to create and maintain a successful linkage? And specifically, do savings groups need formal financial education to succeed? Or might a media campaign explaining the process suffice?

Jul 07, 2016
Kathmandu, Nepal

UNNATI-A2F Nepal organized a 5-day training of trainers (ToT) on Agriculture Value Chain Finance (AVCF) for Banks and Financial Institutions (BFIs)s in Kathmandu from 27 June to 1 July 2016. The training was facilitated by Practical Action Consulting, a well-experienced training institute on AVCF. Representatives from eleven commercial banks, nine Microfinance Institutions and Management Contractor of UNNATI programme have participated in the training.

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