Sierra Leone Market Profile

August 27, 2014 - 5:03am from MicroCapital
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced that it will enter into an advisory services agreement with Airtel Zambia, a subsidiary of the Indian telecommunications company Bharti Airtel. Under the agreement, Airtel Zambia will receive advisory services valued at USD 1 million from IFC over a period of three years. The aim of the advisory project is to increase access to mobile financial services in ...
August 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
August 15, 2014 - 6:11pm from BRAC Blog
As The New York Times reported this week, the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa will soon eclipse all other previous outbreaks combined in terms of death toll.
August 13, 2014 - 11:25am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
In June and July approximately 5,000 women and children in Sierra Leone died of diseases. The vast majority of these deaths were avoidable. For women and children in Sierra Leone, June and July were just like any other month: unnecessarily dangerous and ...
July 17, 2014 - 10:00am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
Ane Bjøru Fjeldsæter is a 31-year-old psychologist from Trondheim, Norway. For the past month, she has been working for Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, helping to fight
July 16, 2014 - 1:22pm from BRAC Blog
When you first meet Jackie, it is difficult not be to be taken by her charm. She sat opposite me in her calm, collected, yet casual poise, occasionally breaking out in laughter.  But she still managed to exhibit a stern resolution as we discussed what it meant to part of BRAC’s first batch of international young professionals. Jackie crosses the street in Barisal during one of her ...
July 8, 2014 - 10:29am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
The role of the international community in current crises in the Central African Republic and northern Nigeria may be mired in confusion, but it can do something about the Ebola epidemic in west Africa.The outbreak of the virus, which started in Guinea and has spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, is the
July 7, 2014 - 3:18pm from BRAC Blog
I wrote last week about the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa and what can be done to stop it. Thanks in part to help from supporters in North America, including the actor Jeffrey Wright, BRAC USA has responded with ...
July 7, 2014 - 5:03am from MicroCapital
Event Name: 2nd West African Microfinance Conference Event Date: July 23-24, 2014 Event Location: The Miklin Hotel, Accra, Ghana  Cost: The cost to attend the event is GHS 350 (USD 117) for Ghanaian participants and USD 250 for international participants. Summary of Event: This conference will focus on the theme of “reducing extreme poverty through microfinance” and is designed to bring together West African financial policymakers, microfinance operators and ...
June 27, 2014 - 4:25pm from BRAC Blog
Fears are rising in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea that the deadly Ebola virus is spreading out of control. I spoke to Tapan Karmakar, country representative of BRAC Sierra Leone. “People are now afraid,” he told me. Additional funding is needed for community health ...
June 24, 2014 - 5:03am from MicroCapital
Kaah Express, a US-based international remittances company, reportedly has partnered with Silatech, a Qatar-based enterprise focused on increasing employment and entrepreneurship among youth in the Middle East and North Africa, and the American Refugee Committee (ARC), a US-based nonprofit that offers humanitarian aid across the globe, to create Kaah Islamic Microfinance Services (KIMS), a commercial microfinance institution (MFI) in Somalia. KIMS is primarily focused on serving ...
June 23, 2014 - 12:35pm from Microfinance Nigeria
More than 400 petty traders in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County are receiving loans to upgrade their small scale business establishments. Sammy Dorleh, coordinator of the National Petty Traders Union of Liberia (NAPTUL) Grand Cape Mount County branch, made the disclosure over the weekend to the Daily Observer. According to him, the loan is given out in categories of L$5,000, L$8,000, L$10,000, L$ 20,000 and L$50,000. He said the loan was made available by the ...
June 23, 2014 - 12:34pm from Microfinance Africa
More than 400 petty traders in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County are receiving loans to upgrade their small scale business establishments. Sammy Dorleh, coordinator of the National Petty Traders Union of Liberia (NAPTUL) Grand Cape Mount County branch, made the disclosure over the weekend to the Daily Observer. According to him, the loan is given out in categories of L$5,000, L$8,000, L$10,000, L$ 20,000 and L$50,000. He said the loan was made available by the ...
June 20, 2014 - 8:34pm from BRAC Blog
Meet Sonya –an 18 year-old girl living in Narayanganj, Bangladesh. Sonya lives a typical Bengali lifestyle; she enjoys the park with her friends and helps her parents with chores. But Sonya isn’t typical. At an age when girls are often expected to get married, she is breaking gender stereotypes, instilling confidence, and empowering a new generation of girls… all through her love for karate. Sonya is among a group of girls who are taking part in BRAC’s Adolescent Development ...
June 15, 2014 - 6:44am from BRAC Blog
After the mass destruction during the civil war in Sierra Leone, I had a desire to give back to my country and help in nation building. Starting off as a child activist for Search for Common Ground, I have represented the vulnerable war-affected children of Sierra Leone both nationally and internationally, ensuring that their voices are heard and attended to. Working in ...
April 9, 2014 - 5:03am from MicroCapital
The American Refugee Committee (ARC), a US-based nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance in Africa, Asia, Haiti, and the Middle East, recently announced that it has sold its Liberia-based microfinance institution, Liberty Finance, to DCRB Investments (DCRB), a private investment company based in Liberia. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed. According to comments attributed to DCRB, the aim of the new owners is to empower “…Liberia’s vulnerable ...
March 5, 2014 - 7:56pm from MicroCapital
Mr Thierry Tanoh, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Togo-based EcoBank Transnational Incorporated (EcoBank), has been called to step down due to allegations of being “unfit to lead” the bank [1]. The demand came from four members of the bank’s executive team and the Public Investment Corporation, an investment manager owned by the government of South Africa that owns 18.25 percent of EcoBank shares. The call for Mr Tanoh’s resignation came ahead of the extraordinary general ...
February 26, 2014 - 10:13pm from BRAC Blog
A new paper from the World Bank examines BRAC’s human rights and legal services (HRLS) program, making a case for the ...
February 20, 2014 - 5:31am from MicroCapital
The Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND), a Saudi Arabia-based development organization, and the Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), a policy- and advocacy-oriented group that represents approximately 35,000 businesses in the Philippines, have signed an agreement to create an iteration of the “Ibdaa Microfinance Bank” (IMB) that is intended to increase financial inclusion of poor people and micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines ...
February 2, 2014 - 6:30am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
Already preoccupied with the Syria crisis and the South Sudan crisis, the aftermath of the Philippines typhoon and growing conflict in the Central African Republic, Oxfam is confronted by a fresh global emergency, moreover one that is the subject of greater international concern: the replacement, at ...