Feb 22, 2017
New York, NY

Becoming an agent is one of the simpler methods FSPs and MFIs can utilize to enter the digital finance arena.  In this model, the FSP acts as an agent for a DFS provider (often an MNO) and offers the provider’s products and services through the FSP’s own branch network.

Learn if becoming an agent is right for your FSP or MFI with this step-by-step guide. Be an Agent,is DFS Toolkit #2 in the MicroLead Series: How to Succeed in Your Digital Journey.

Feb 20, 2017
Cotonou, Benin

The workshop "Savings Groups: More Than Financial Services" co-organized by UNCDF in partnership with the SEEP Network and Financial Services Deepening Africa (FSD Africa), Freedom from Hunger and UK Aid was held on Thursday 16 February 2017 at Azalai Beach Hotel in Cotonou. The event was officially launched by the Honorable Adidjatou Mathys, Minister of Labor, Public Service and Social Affairs in charge of Microfinance. The workshop’s objective was to discuss the role of savings groups in the economic and social development at the grassroots level in Benin.

Feb 14, 2017

The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Myanmar commenced its Market Development Facility (MDF) with its first loan to Pyae Mahar Services Ltd. – a Myanmar-owned (MFI) microfinance company.  The three-year loan, totalling 300 million Myanmar Kyats, will be used by Pyae Mahar to increase its loan portfolio for greater lending capacity to its Ayeyarwady-based clients. 

Jan 29, 2017
Apia, Samoa

That’s the theme of the four-year National Financial Inclusion Strategy (N.F.I.S.) launched at the Taumeasina Island Resort yesterday.  

The launch was attended by the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti and Lizbeth Cullity, U.N.D.P. Resident Representative.

In his keynote address, Minister Sili addressed the importance of financial inclusion for the development of Samoa.  

He said the plan targets low-income household, women and unemployed youth.

Jan 27, 2017

A sound financial system that best serves all sectors of society is the vision of Samoa’s first National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS).

Jan 16, 2017

The grant agreement between the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Digital Money Myanmar (Wave Money) was signed on the 9th of January 2017, in the presence of representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Jan 12, 2017
Lilongwe, Malawi

You don't need to understand the language to love this commercial (below) for UNCDF/MicroLead partner NBS Bank's Papufi savings account. NBS Bank became the first bank in Malawi to provide a savings account which is transactional immediately and where the customer is not required to fill out any forms. All account opening information is collected electronically by the sales team in the field. The Papufi account has resulted in customers demanding other banks enable the opening of accounts in local market areas or customers’ homes, where it is more convenient.

Dec 23, 2016
Lilongwe, Malawi

The Reserve Bank of Malawi, Women’s World Banking and NBS Bank are hosting a FREE webinar on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 9 AM EST, 4 PM CAT. The webinar will examine promising approaches and lessons learned as regulators and financial institutions work together to create accessible and profitable financial access for women.

Dec 21, 2016
Kathmandu, NEPAL

The Town Development Fund of Nepal organized a national conference on Municipal Finance jointly with the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) and the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) that took place on December 20 in Kathmandu at Hotel Annapurna.