Sierra Leone Market Profile

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 is ...
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 wont 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 ...
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 ...