Feb 05, 2016

Anecdotal evidence in the world of off-grid lighting solutions in developing countries has pointed to a so-called “energy ladder,” in which some first-time buyers of small solar-powered products such as solar lanterns eventually buy into much larger and more expensive home systems. For the first time, a research team from Humboldt State University in the United States is taking a rigorous look at this assumption.

Feb 05, 2016
Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

The MAP programme hosted a global workshop for the Asia and Africa countries currently running the programme. 40 country coordinators, Government representatives, regional and technical advisors came together from January 26-29 in Johannesburg, South Africa for a progress review session.

Feb 05, 2016

L’Etat du Sénégal va procéder, sous peu, à la digitalisation du paiement de 30.000 fonctionnaires retraités, a déclaré mardi à Dakar, le Conseiller technique du ministre de l’Économie, des Finances et du Plan, Mamadou Ndiaye, lors de la présentation du programme « Mobile money for the poor » (MM4P).  

Feb 04, 2016
New York, USA

Request for applications: Better Than Cash Diagnostic on Bangladesh

Applications due by midnight on March 1, 2016


The purpose of this request for applications (RFA) is to support the Government of Bangladesh assess its payments ecosystem, measure the current state of its transition to electronic payments, address its readiness to further shift specific types of payments to digital means, and inform policy and decisions of market participants.


Feb 03, 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the UN capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries, entered into a strategic partnership within the framework of AFI’s Public-Private Dialogue Platform (PPD). The agreement builds on a good working relationship between AFI and UNCDF and opens up new possibilities for deeper cooperation and knowledge exchanges on financial inclusion issues.

Feb 03, 2016
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

A team of representatives from UNCDF’s Local Development Finance For Inclusive Growth practice area met with key government officials during a trip to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and the capital city, Port Moresby, in Papua New Guinea.

Feb 01, 2016
Buka, Papua New Guinea

A team from UNCDF’s Local Development Finance Programme visited the Autonomous Region of Bougainville for a scoping mission in January 2016. The team visited the Pacific Ocean group of islands to launch a diagnostic study that will help the Autonomous Government of Bougainville (AGB) identify its vast potential and identify policy and investment solutions to deal with economic shocks and challenges.

Jan 29, 2016

L'analyse de la situation de l'inclusion financière en Afrique fait apparaître un accès relativement limité des populations aux services financiers de base. Selon les données disponibles, moins de 20% des ménages ont accès aux services financiers classiques.

Jan 28, 2016
Dar Es Salaam, TANZANIA

Despite significant inflows of domestic and international, public and private investment capital for infrastructure, very little is reaching the critical local infrastructure that forms the backbone of dynamic local economies, builds resilience to wider economic shock and transforms economic structures, adding value and employment. Localities often lack the fiscal space, capacities, access to finance and pipeline of bankable projects that would enable them to bring priority projects to fruition.