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Jun 23, 2016
Suva, Fiji

Insurers in the Pacific are focusing on increasing penetration of insurance coverage for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), research conducted by the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) last month has revealed.

Jun 22, 2016
Dakar, SENEGAL

With a high volume of activities and low operational expenditure, Senegalese agents of digital financial services are considered profitable. This is according to the survey ‘Agent Network Accelerator’ on the agent networks of digital financial services in Senegal, released by Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P), a UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) programme, in collaboration with The Helix Institute of Digital Finance.

Jun 22, 2016
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

Knowledge sharing is a critical component of UNCDF’s MicroLead program, which aims to expand access to and use of financial services by rural low-income populations, particularly women.

Jun 20, 2016
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

Congratulations to CARE Tanzania and CARE Ghana, which both added new banks to their MicroLead saving group (SG) linkage projects!

Jun 20, 2016
Dhaka, Bangladesh

For many children and women, such as Mrs. Jasmine Musulman, there’s a new chance available that is very different from their previous lives of climate strife on the riverbanks of the Padma River in rural Bangladesh. After being displaced from weather changes and having to relocate with no financial safety net, her income increased considerably because of her efforts in selling vegetables in a nearby market. This has not only changed her level of income, but has allowed her to feed her children.

Jun 17, 2016
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

A simple text message is all it takes for a Papua New Guinea (PNG) citizen to sign up to affordable, new microinsurance products providing a crucial safety net for families.

These new microinsurance products have managed to do away with the usual lengthy paperwork processes, preliminary health checks and identification associated with some traditional insurance products.  Subscription via text message leads to enrollment and periodic insurance premiums are set up for automatic, deductions.

Jun 17, 2016
Brussels, BELGIUM

‘Blending’ – a form of pump-priming private sector investment, by leveraging it onto public official development aid – seems to be the new buzzword at this year’s EU Development Days, according to the UN’s Xavier Michon.

Xavier Michon is Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund.

Michon explained the policy to EurActiv.com’s Matthew Tempest.

Jun 15, 2016
Kathmandu, Nepal

Large parts of the rural areas of Nepal are still not connected to electricity, especially through the national grid. Therefore, both the government and the private sector are making attempts to supply renewable and alternative energy sources to such areas.

Jun 15, 2016
Dakar, SÉNÉGAL

Le Fonds d’équipement des Nations Unies (UNCDF) a organisé un atelier d’Orientation relatif au Programme d’Appui au financement de la petite agriculture-AgriFinance  Sénégal - le 13 juin à Dakar en présence des acteurs du secteur financier, de l’agriculture et des opérateurs de transfert d’argent.

Jun 14, 2016
Dan Kassari, Niger

In Niger’s remote communes, water scarcity is a concern for many. As the weather patterns shift, the people of the Dosso district are finding it harder to have safe and secure sources of water. With a limited number of options, many are willing to go great lengths to find water, in order to get by day-by-day.

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