MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Sierra Leone to Lend to SMEs at Single-digit Interest Rates without CollateralApril 13, 2016 - 9:55am from MicroCapital
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Sierra Leone (SMESL), which was established by that nation’s parliament in 2015 , recently announced it will provide loans at interest rates below 10 percent per year without a collateral requirement, in an effort to strengthen small and medium-sized enterprises in the country. In addition, SMESL announced the “Local Content Agency Act”, which seeks to strengthen the connection between foreign organizations and the local ...
0March 29, 2016 - 9:47am from Innovations for Poverty Action Blog
By Anne Karing and Arthur Baker Note: this posting originally appeared on the BERI blog here. IPA, with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone, and CEGA's Behavioral Economics for ...
0March 17, 2016 - 9:09am from CGAP Microfinance Blog
Globally, there is a scramble to get access to call detail records (CDRs). Sometimes it feels like the next gold rush in the Wild West (and South, East and Center) of Africa. MNOs in Africa get constant requests from consultants and firms to analyze their customers’ data. During the Ebola crisis in 2014, one MNO in Sierra Leone received on average five requests per week to analyze the data for the purpose of fighting the epidemic. Why all the excitement?
0January 4, 2016 - 3:04pm from Center for Financial Inclusion Blog
> Posted by Center Staff The latest edition of the Financial Inclusion 2020 News Feed, our weekly online magazine sharing the big news in banking the unbanked, is now available. Among the stories in this week’s edition are: the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) released the 2015 AFI Global Policy Forum Report, distilling the happenings of the ...
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: United Nations Development Program (UNDP); United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Support Bank of Sierra Leone in Launching Mobile Financial Services GuidelinesDecember 18, 2015 - 5:17am from MicroCapital
The Bank of Sierra Leone, the central bank of the country, has partnered with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), a member of the UN that invests knowledge and other resources into developing countries, and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), a UN agency that works to increase access to microfinance and other forms of capital in developing countries, to launch the first mobile financial services guidelines in Sierra Leone . The objectives of these guidelines are to ...
0December 9, 2015 - 2:14am from BRAC Blog
Originally appeared on NextBillion. Sierra Leoneans celebrated in the streets last month when 42 days passed without a single new case of Ebola. The mix of mourning and jubilation called to mind the signing of a peace treaty after a war, and the end of Ebola should indeed be greeted as a victory. Though the disease read more
0November 13, 2015 - 3:33am from Development Impact - News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation
The New York Times covers an experiment in Sierra Leone which randomized electoral debates Marc Bellemare has a curated list of all his Metrics Monday posts
0October 1, 2015 - 2:52pm from BRAC Blog
Originally posted on The Center for Financial Inclusion blog. BRAC welcomes the launch of the FI2020 Progress Report. BRAC has been an active supporter in the drive to facilitate universal financial access by 2020, having enabled the financial inclusion of over 6 million people in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Myanmar. Today the Center
0July 17, 2015 - 2:00pm 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
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC, Ecobank to Share Risk on $110m in Loans for Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in West, Central AfricaJuly 3, 2015 - 4:47am 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”  in West and Central Africa. The ...
0June 9, 2015 - 4:02pm 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 ...
0June 9, 2015 - 8:58am from Google news - microfinance
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0June 8, 2015 - 3:03pm 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 ...
0June 2, 2015 - 4:55pm 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 ...
0May 12, 2015 - 6:56am 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
0May 11, 2015 - 3:34pm 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 ...
0March 19, 2015 - 3:28am 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 ...
0February 15, 2015 - 8:52am 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 ...
0February 12, 2015 - 1:16pm 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 ...
0February 5, 2015 - 2:06pm from Google news - microfinance