Les espaces frontaliers de l’Afrique de l’Ouest se trouvent aujourd’hui parmi les zones les plus peuplées du continent, marquées par de vifs échanges économiques, culturels et sociaux. En même temps, ces espaces sont souvent faiblement sécurisés et certains aspects tels que la démarcation de frontières et la gestion des ressources communes peuvent parfois donner lieu à des conflits.
UNCDF attended the 2nd Ford Foundation-OECD Forum on Inclusive Growth. This year's event, titled 'Changing the Conversation on Growth – Going Inclusive" focused on the analysis of the growth-inequality nexus and the discussion of policy instruments to simultaneously drive growth and inclusiveness, across developed and developing countries. In his welcome remarks, Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, insisted on the need for a paradigm policy shift in development policy recognizing that "the commitment to inclusion is no longer an option but an imperative".
MicroLead Expansion (MLE), an UNCDF programme, is hosting its first knowledge sharing event. The three-day workshop was designed to facilitate the sharing of experiences among financial inclusion partners of the programme from the South. The objective of the workshop is to leverage on learnings from all Financial Service Providers (FSP) and Technical Service Providers (TSP) supported by the programme.
Choiseul Province has been commended for reducing its audit queries by 50 percent and continues to improve its compliance to internal financial control measures at a rate faster than all other provinces.
Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS), Hon. Silas Tausinga revealed this today during his address at celebrations marking the Province’s 23 Second Appointed Day in the provincial capital, Taro.
Mr. Marc Bichler, UNCDF’s Executive Secretary, met with Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General, ITU.
The meeting focused on the status of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) connectivity in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and highlighted the need for more and better investments to bridge the digital divide. The discussion underlined the importance of ICTs as a key vector for inclusive development and growth in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.
UNCDF gets onboard the mobile revolution with its first interactive publication downloadable on your iPads or Androids! This Outcome Report which follows a consultation meeting with key Southern market-leaders and partners in Financial Inclusion and makes key recommendations for advancing Financial Inclusion in the ASEAN region.
Queuing at the bank is a familiar gripe, but for teachers at Aisha-i-Durani high school in Kabul, Afghanistan, it was the cost of getting paid. Each month they would wait for up to four hours to collect their salaries. If they didn’t reach the cashier’s desk by 1.30pm, they would return the next day to queue again.
Now they receive their wages at the ping of an SMS. They are part of a pilot project through which 500 teachers in Kabul use their mobile phones to receive salary payments. The scheme also provides them with a bank account, allowing access to other financial tools.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) announced that it has joined the Better Than Cash Alliance, pledging to transition 58 percent of its operational, programmatic and emergency payments from cash to electronic across 22 countries.
For Catholic Relief Services, two of the main benefits of using electronic payments – as opposed to distributing cash or in-kind goods to people in need – are the safeguarding of people’s dignity and privacy.
Following an informal presentation made in November 2013 through a Stakeholder Consultations process, UNCDF presented today its new Strategic Framework 2014-2017 to UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board. It also presented the preliminary results for 2013 of its work in Inclusive Finance and Local Development Finance.
Today, the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) announced that it is joining the Better Than Cash Alliance. As part of its commitment to joining the Alliance, WSBI pledged to expand the number of electronic transactions within its network, which is expected over time to result in a reduction in the proportion of cash transactions undertaken.