Guinea Market Profile

May 25, 2015 - 5:05am from MicroCapital
Event Name: 5th Pacific Microfinance Week 2015: Next Mile Financial Services in the Pacific Event Date: September 21-25, 2015 Event Location: Heritage Park Hotel, Honiara, Solomon Islands Event Summary: Pacific Microfinance Week (PMW) 2015 is a series of workshops, field visits and formal conference sessions focusing on providers of financial services for poor people in the Pacific region. The topics that will be discussed include digital finance and delivery ...
May 18, 2015 - 2:58pm from MicroCapital
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that offers financial services to businesses and governments in developing countries with the aim of increasing economic growth, recently announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with the government of Guinea-Bissau. The aim of the agreement is to expand access to finance for local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) via the establishment of a leasing industry that would serve the ...
May 17, 2015 - 5:02am from MicroCapital
The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) recently committed to shifting all government payments, including government salaries and social protection payments, to electronic form, with the goal of increasing security, transparency, financial inclusion and convenience [1]. To facilitate the effort, PNG has joined the Better Than Cash Alliance, a US-based non-governmental organization that advocates for governments, the private sector and development organizations to electronic ...
May 13, 2015 - 1:30pm from Private Sector Development Blog
Afghanistan. Photo by Steve Utterwulghe. This latest blog post should start with a mea culpa. Indeed, my 2015 work plan for public-private dialogue (PPD) did start in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, not Copenhagen. However, who can swear that he never tweaked a title a tiny bit to make it catchier?   While Dushanbe hosted the very productive First Regional PPD Forum in the “stans,” the
May 11, 2015 - 7:34pm from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
There were no drugs to treat Ebola in the outbreak that devastated three west African countries, other diseases of the poor are neglected and the pipeline of new antibiotics has dried up. Experts are calling for a $10 billion fund to pay for research and development ahead of the World Health Assembly in Geneva next week.The Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone brought it home. For some deadly diseases, there are no drug treatments. Even doctors who were infected in ...
May 11, 2015 - 4:39pm from Microfinance a Working Solution to Global Poverty
We sat down with Lauren Dillon, Founder of Triad Resource Group, to learn more about her entrepreneurial journey and hear her advice for other entrepreneurs. Lauren was one of the original members of Young Ambassadors for Opportunity and is a long-time friend of Opportunity International.  Lauren: I’m Lauren Dillon and I’m the Founder and Co-Collaborator of the Triad Resource Group. We’re a fundraising implementation firm; so to liken us to a staffing firm ...
April 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, ...
April 15, 2015 - 4:00pm from The Microfinance Research Blog
We don’t write blogs purely for ourselves — we write them to be read. For people who live far from family and friends, blogs serve twin readerships: they give the intrepid traveler a simultaneous way to chronicle travels for a broad audience and update those back at home. We love following the worldly adventures of these four expats and nomads, and we’re sure their friends appreciate the virtual lifeline, too!
February 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 ...
February 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 ...
January 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 ...
December 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.
December 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, ...
November 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
November 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 ...
November 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 ...
October 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 ...
October 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 [2015] thousands of us will die,” said Auntie Arinah. “This thing ...
October 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 ...
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