Sep. 19, 2014
Addis Ababa / Paris

A shared commitment to promote microfinance as an instrument against poverty and hunger has led a network of 15 African microfinance institutions and the UN’s capital investment agency to stage a joint forum on energy and water financing next month in Ethiopia.

‘Innovation in clean energy and water access through microfinance’ is the theme of an event to be hosted by the Participatory Microfinance Group for Africa (PAMIGA) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Addis Ababa on 30-31 October 2014.

Sep. 17, 2014
New York, USA

In preparation of the Habitat III conference which is the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that will take place in 2016, a preparatory process has been established with its first session and a number of side events that took place in New York from the 15 to 18 September.

Sep. 16, 2014
Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA

The new United Nations Capital Development Fund’s Executive Secretary, Judith Karl, is on her first official visit in Tanzania from 13 -16 September 2014.

Sep. 13, 2014

High on the Executive Secretary’s agenda were progress and challenges related to the delivery of basic social and infrastructure services, the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 framework – all core elements of UNCDF’s work in Uganda.

Ms Karl met with the Governor of the Bank of Uganda, Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, the Minister of Local Government, Adolf Mwesige, and the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Fred Kabagambe-Kalisa, as well as other government officials, development partners, civil society representatives and academics.

Sep. 11, 2014

In an urbanizing country, the nation's economic prosperity increasingly depends on having functional and resilient cities. As cities and towns grow, decentralization becomes more viable and more necessary, and in many countries local government autonomy increases.Enhancing the capacity of local officials to carry out their delegated functions, not only improves safety and quality of life locally, it empowers cities and towns to contribute in important ways to national social and economic development targets.

Sep. 10, 2014

The New United Nations Capital Development Fund Executive Secretary, Judith Karl, will be in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania for her first official visit which will start on 11 September 2014 and will end on 19 September 2014.

Ms. Judith Karl, appointed by the UNDP Administrator Ms. Helen Clark on 10 July 2014, has joined UNCDF – the UN’s capital investment agency that promotes economic development and inclusive growth in the least developed countries – on 1 August 2014.

Sep. 03, 2014
The fifth annual Responsible Finance Forum took place on August 28-29, 2014 in Perth, Australia, convening over 100 industry, government and private sector leaders to discuss how digital financial services can be delivered in a transparent, fair and safe manner. Focusing exclusively on the use of technology to provide financial services and products for the poor, the Forum enabled participants to share specific approaches that private and public sector actors can take to address emerging risks from the expansion of digital financial services. 
Sep. 02, 2014
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s dramatic geography of highlands, islands and vast waterways population is home to around 8 million people. With significant infrastructure challenges, mobile technology has long been touted a golden opportunity for the West Pacific nation, particularly with the introduction and anticipated adoption of mobile money services, across an 81% unbanked population.

Aug. 31, 2014
Apia, Samoa

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) today launched a new funding facility, inviting financial service providers to develop new ways of enabling low-income and rural Pacific Islanders to access affordable savings, insurance, credit and other financial services.

Aug. 28, 2014

Integrating digital payments into the economies of emerging and developing nations addresses crucial issues of broad economic growth and individual financial empowerment, according to a new report by the World Bank Development Research Group.