Sierra Leone Market Profile

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 ...
January 20, 2014 - 7:00am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
On average there are 61 accidents and nine deaths (pdf) every day on Uganda's roads, which are in such a poor state that the locals once fished out of the potholes in protest.Now, five years after the idea was mooted, the government is ...
January 15, 2014 - 12:41am from Microfinance Gateway News & Opinion
"Uganda: Tales of Mobile Money Woes"
January 9, 2014 - 11:43pm from BRAC Blog
Over the past 40 years, BRAC has grown from a small relief organization into the world’s largest NGO. Yet despite this scale, BRAC is always looking for new ways to improve its programs for the 135 million people it serves around the world. One such way is to ensure that BRAC International’s country programs are filled with qualified and capable local individuals with first-hand knowledge of the community landscape and local culture. To help facilitate this goal, BRAC USA and BRAC ...
January 9, 2014 - 5:12pm from Microfinance Nigeria
Microfin Rural Bank with its head office located in Gomoa Pomadze in the Central Region of Ghana is committed to providing innovative and sustainable microfinance products to accelerate financial intermediation in the Central Region of Ghana. The bank is the first Financial Non-Governmental Organisation (FNGO) in Ghana to have transformed to a rural bank for its clients and people within its operational area. The bank has developed various microfinance products which are engaging ...