Sierra Leone Market Profile

July 17, 2015 - 6:00pm from BRAC Blog
We face tremendous problems keeping girls in school as they transition through adolescence. In Sierra Leone, 30 per cent of reported rapes take place in the school environment, and
July 3, 2015 - 8:47am from MicroCapital
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group; and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (Ecobank), a commercial bank based in Lome, Togo, with operations in 36 African countries, recently announced the launch of a risk-sharing credit facility in the amount of USD 110 million. The agreement is intended to increase access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in “fragile and conflict-affected states” [1] in West and Central Africa. The ...
June 9, 2015 - 8:02pm from Microfinance Africa
The Sierra Leone Association of Micro Finance institution in Sierra Leone (SAMFI) has launched a report titled: “Impact of the Ebola Crisis on the Microfinance Sector” and their website at the Sierra Leone Bank Complex, Kingtom. The report was done by SLAMFI and Ayani Inclusive Financial Sector Consultant under take the research to assess the impact of the Ebola crisis on the microfinance sector in the country. The objective of the report is to know how Ebola crisis affect ...
June 9, 2015 - 12:58pm from Google news - microfinance
The Straits Times
June 8, 2015 - 7:03pm from Private Sector Development Blog
Africa has spent the past 18 years growing at 5 percent a year, after a similar period of decline during which per capita incomes fell by 1.3 percent annually.  Much of Africa’s growth has undoubtedly been fueled by a natural-resource boom, but other factors mattered too: The end of the Cold War helped reduce the incidence of armed conflict to a third of previous levels; structural adjustment reform started to pay dividends; and global debt forgiveness cleared the burden of past ...
June 2, 2015 - 8:55pm from Microfinance Africa
A new report by Oxfam has revealed that international companies cheated Africa out of $11 billion in 2010. The report titled “Africa: Rising for the Few” released yesterday revealed that the loss is equivalent to more than six times the amount needed to deliver universal primary healthcare in the Ebola-affected countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. “The companies achieved this through just one of the tricks used by multinational companies to reduce ...
May 12, 2015 - 10:56am from BRAC Blog
Sierra Leone should reconsider its law barring pregnant girls from completing their education, but while the law is in place, alternatives are available Girls learning in Brac’s Empowerment and Livelihood’s programme in Sierra Leone. Photograph: Anton Shevchenko/Brac The government of 
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 weekThe 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 ...
March 19, 2015 - 7:28am from BRAC Blog
What comes to your mind when you think about innovation? Most of us relate innovation to places like Silicon Valley. However, there are incredible social innovations happening in the global South; starting from Sudanese villages to Afghan classrooms and in many other not-so-known places, where you least expect anything related to innovation. In last summer, BRAC’s social innovation lab took an initiative to identify social innovations happening across BRAC International, reaching ...
February 15, 2015 - 12:52pm from BRAC Blog
Salimatu survives the scourge “My name is Salimatu, I am 20 years old and an ELA member of the Kukubana club in Rokupr. I really do not know how I contracted the virus. One day, my aunt saw that I was bleeding, and I had a high fever. Knowing too well these are symptoms of the disease, she called the Ebola hotline (117) and they arrived later with an ambulance. I was taken to the Lakka ...
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 5, 2015 - 6:06pm from Google news - microfinance
Devex
December 31, 2014 - 12:58pm from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
There is not going to be a new plague in Britain. It is necessary to be vigilant about
December 23, 2014 - 8:41pm from GiveWell Blog
Over the past couple of months, we’ve put some time into trying to understand the Ebola containment effort and whether it represents a strong giving opportunity. Our process has included conversations and correspondence with about 15 people including major private donors to the containment effort and representatives of the UN, CDC, WHO, and Doctors without Borders. We have also kept informed on the outbreak by reading updates from the UN, CDC, WHO, and University of Pittsburgh Medical ...
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 ...