Sierra Leone Market Profile

December 6, 2014 - 9:00am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
While we hear much about the work done by westerners, the inspirational efforts of Sierra Leoneans at community level have gone largely unacknowledgedLast week I travelled across Sierra Leone from the Atlantic coast to its easternmost villages, where Ebola first entered the country in May. It is not a trip many have made recently. We hear about western aid and medical “heroes”, but the heroism of so many Sierra Leoneans at a community level is inspiring – and largely ...
December 2, 2014 - 10:59am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
In his third update, Isaac Bayoh, a quarantine and awareness worker in rural Sierra Leone, says trust has broken down between the people and the doctors trying to treat themIsaac Bayoh, 25, volunteers as an Ebola quarantine and awareness worker. He is part of a team that isolates the houses of those who have the disease, educates the family and neighbours, and monitors the patient’s progress. Here, in his ...
November 30, 2014 - 4:17am from BRAC Blog
This article was originally posted on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog on 26 November 2014. Four lessons for scaling social impact that arose from curing children’s diarrhea in Bangladesh in the 1980s. Diarrhea caused by contaminated water is the single greatest killer of children in much of the world. In the 1980s, the Bangladesh-based organization to which I belong, BRAC, ran a ...
November 29, 2014 - 9:00am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
Isaac Bayoh, a quarantine and awareness worker in rural Sierra Leone, gives his latest update on the toll the Ebola outbreak has taken on local communities • Part one: ‘Survivors are left alone to carry their pain’Isaac Bayoh, 25, volunteers as an Ebola quarantine and awareness worker. He is part of a ...
November 26, 2014 - 3:49pm from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
A quarantine and awareness worker in rural Sierra Leone describes, in his own words, the devastating toll the Ebola outbreak has taken on local communities• Part two: ‘Hope is fading, but we will keep on fighting’Isaac Bayoh, 25, volunteers as an Ebola quarantine and awareness worker. He is part of a team that isolates the houses of ...
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 19, 2014 - 9:15am from Development Impact - News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation
This is the fifth in our series of job market posts this year.  Once known as the “Safe Haven” of Western Africa, because of its long-standing political stability and economic success, Côte d’Ivoire plunged in a decade-long vicious circle of political violence after a coup d’état in December 1999. The level and scope of violence reached its peak in September 2002 when a coalition of three rebel movements, known as the Forces Nouvelles de Côte d’Ivoire ...
November 16, 2014 - 8:45pm from Microfinance Africa
The Sierra Leone Association of Microfinance Institutions (SLAMFI) has met with the Bank Governor of Sierra Leone Mr. Momodu Kargbo to discuss possible ways of improving Micro financial institutions in the country. The aim of the visit was to appraise the Bank of Sierra Leone on their existence but more importantly to seek support and cooperation in developing the microfinance sector. According to the president of Sierra Leone Association of Microfinance Institutions (SLAMFI) Mr. ...
November 14, 2014 - 7:15pm from Innovations for Poverty Action Blog
  Watanic Jabateh, an enumerator for IPA in Liberia, died on October 9, 2014. She was 25.   Jabateh began working as an enumerator for IPA-Liberia in July 2013. She helped gather data from some 3,000 out-of school youth in urban Monrovia on a project called Promoting Sustainable Partnerships for Economic Transformation, or PROSPECTS. The data will enable researchers to evaluate the impact of a cash-for-work program and ...
November 14, 2014 - 5:18pm from Google news - microfinance
Sierra Leone News : Micro-Finance Institutions Engages Bank Governor on ...Awareness TimesThe Sierra Leone Association of Microfinance Institutions (SLAMFI) has met with the Bank Governor of ...
November 14, 2014 - 12:15pm from Google news - microfinance
Sierra Leone News: Microfinance Institutions engage BankAwokoMembers of the SLAMFI with the Governor of the BSL after the meeting The Sierra Leone Association of ...
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 - 6:00am 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 - 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 ...
October 14, 2014 - 6:00am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
When we consider the impact of the Ebola outbreak, our thoughts turn to the things we can quantify: the number of victims, deaths, survivors, orphans. With the death toll in west Africa at 4,033 and rising, the world has finally comprehended the sheer scale of the crisis. The ...
September 24, 2014 - 9:44am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
There is a divide in Liberia, keeping the healthy and privileged from the sick and needy. But I could not help crossing itEbola in Sierra Leone: battling sadness, fear and disgust on the frontlineAne Bjøru Fjeldsæter is a 31-year-old psychologist from Trondheim, Norway. After working for Médecins sans Frontières in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, from ...
September 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” ...
September 5, 2014 - 4:34pm from Center for Financial Inclusion Blog
> Posted by Center Staff This edition of top picks features posts highlighting discussions at the 17th Microcredit Summit, how the Ebola crisis is affecting microfinance in West Africa, and new statistics on the continued growth of the mobile money industry worldwide. The 17th Microcredit Summit, this year’s iteration of the Microcredit Summit Campaign’s annual conference, is underway this week in Merida, Mexico. For those of us not in attendance, the Campaign is ...
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 ...