0April 22, 2015 - 8:10pm from Microfinance Africa
Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has stressed the need for Micro-Loan programs to be initiated in the agricultural sector of the country for poor and smallholders farmers to have access to capital that would help them in their farming endeavors, which he termed as a very tedious but profitable profession. Though he did not indicate from whence the loans should come from, be it the Central Bank, commercial banks or micro-finance institutions operating in the country, VP Boakai, ...
0April 15, 2015 - 4:00pm from The Microfinance Research Blog
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0February 12, 2015 - 5:16pm from Center for Financial Inclusion Blog
> Posted by Aissatou Diallo, Special Assistant to the CEO, BRAC USA #462412584 / gettyimages.com For the three countries most affected by Ebola – Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea – the impact of the disease on society came in waves. The first wave happened around March, after the virus was first confirmed in the region. It was ...
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Orange, Ecobank Partner to Launch Mobile Money Service in Mali with Plans to Expand Across AfricaFebruary 10, 2015 - 4:33pm from MicroCapital
Orange, a French provider of telephone and Internet service in 30 countries, and EcoBank Transnational Incorporated (EcoBank), a Togo-based bank operating in 28 countries, reportedly have launched a mobile banking service that will enable Orange Money subscribers to transfer money between Ecobank accounts. As of February 5, both companies signed a partnership agreement to launch the service in Mali, and they plan to expand to Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Niger, Senegal and the ...
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Mobile Services Firm Digicel Invests $5m in Bima to Promote Microinsurance in Asia-Pacific, Caribbean, Central AmericaJanuary 9, 2015 - 1:39am from MicroCapital
Digicel, a Bermuda-based cellular network provider that operates in 30 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific, recently invested USD 5 million in Bima, a Sweden-based mobile microinsurance provider that operates in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific, to expand microinsurance product offerings in the Caribbean and the Asia-Pacific region. The companies previously partnered to launch microinsurance projects in Haiti and Papua New Guinea through which ...
0December 11, 2014 - 3:02pm from CGAP Microfinance Blog
Thanks to the support of The MasterCard Foundation, since 2012 CGAP has been involved in the development of an ecosystem for digital financial services in the WAEMU region – a customs and monetary union between the countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. When we started our work, we thought the conditions were right for digital finance to significantly advance financial inclusion in the region.
Bima Receives a $5 Million Investment from Digicel Group to Bring Microinsurance to Asia Pacific and the CaribbeanDecember 2, 2014 - 9:31pm from Microfinance Africa
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bima, the leading global microinsurance provider, announced a 5 million USD investment from Digicel Group, the leading total communications and entertainment provider in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific regions. This investment and the resulting partnership will help Bima to deliver access to affordable insurance on a scale never seen before in those regions. The market opportunity for microinsurance in Asia Pacific and the Caribbean is vast, ...
0November 30, 2014 - 9:00am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
The acquittal of those involved in the tragic story of Sohair al-Bata’a, who died after undergoing FGM, highlights the need for Egypt to outlaw the practiceWith the first prosecutions under way in the UK and Guinea-Bissau, an increased focus on strengthening the law in
0November 24, 2014 - 7:20pm from Innovations for Poverty Action Blog
Laura Burke Since first appearing in March 2014 in rural Guinea, the Ebola virus has infected at least 17,800 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and killed more than 6,300, according to figures from the Center for Disease Control from early December 2014.1 To ensure the safety of our team on the ground, IPA has suspended all non-Ebola studies and operations in the region. We are now pursuing new studies that simultaneously address the Ebola crisis, capitalize on ...
0November 13, 2014 - 6:00pm from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
Measles deaths have gone up, not down, in the last year. Progress towards elimination of the disease that kills and disables thousands of children has stopped in its tracks as funding has been cut back in the global recessionProgress against the elimination of measles has stalled, the World Health Organisation is warning. The number of deaths from the viral disease actually rose in the last year - from an estimated 122,000 in 2012 to 145,700 ...
0October 24, 2014 - 6:56pm from Center for Financial Inclusion Blog
> Posted by Center Staff This edition of top picks features posts highlighting initiatives to optimize smallholder finance data collection and usage, efforts to improve youth financial capability, and insights on how mobile money services can effectively reach women. To better provide financing for the 450 million smallholder farmers around the world, there’s a big opportunity in developing shared knowledge bases and coordinated learning agendas for this topic ...
0October 24, 2014 - 6:00am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
During a recent telephone conversation with my aunt, who lives in Liberia, I could hear trepidation in her voice for the first time. At the same time, though, she remained typically stoic, her faith in God unshakable after surviving two armed insurgencies. “They are saying on the radio that before January  thousands of us will die,” said Auntie Arinah. “This thing ...
0October 23, 2014 - 7:30pm from GiveWell Blog
Should you donate to efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in west Africa? With hundreds of millions of dollars coming in from other donors, will your donation make a difference? How does this compare to giving to GiveWell’s top charities? These are difficult ...
Weekly links October 17: how to do organizational change, extortion and schooling, what’s new in microfinance evidence, and more…October 17, 2014 - 1:24pm from Development Impact - News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation
Leonard Wantchekon on the “curse of the good soil” and insufficient investment in rural infrastructure. From the Harvard Business Review: experiment with organizational change before going all in. Owen Ozier on
0October 17, 2014 - 6:00am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
If I asked you to name the most important things we need in order to tackle the Ebola outbreak, I bet “bureaucrats” would come pretty far down your list. Doctors, nurses, beds, protective equipment, public information campaigns, diagnostic labs and many more would all spring to mind before the bureaucrat. But without bureaucrats and bureaucracy, we won’t beat ...
0September 30, 2014 - 2:08am from Microfinance Pasifika RSS Feed
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0September 18, 2014 - 2:41pm from Center for Financial Inclusion Blog
> Posted by Jeffrey Riecke, Communications Associate, CFI #455324220 / gettyimages.com New World Bank analysis indicates that along with the already devastating loss of life, the Ebola outbreak could cause “potentially catastrophic” ...
0August 28, 2014 - 10:08am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
Small island developing states in Asia-Pacific are at a development crossroads. Some have achieved middle-income status. The classification is based on several indicators, one being economic. Some are also ranked as medium human development, a measure of achievement ...
0August 22, 2014 - 9:32am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
We dodged bullets during the war, now Ebola is going to kill us? my aunt asked me in distress one evening in mid-July, as we sat commiserating at my house on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberias capital.Back then, Ebola seemed like a looming threat in the way that armed conflict had 15 years earlier. But by the end of the month, the Liberian government had