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Nigeria: How to Access SME Funds
September, 30 2018
Nigeria - Daniel Adeleye shares useful tips on how small and medium scale entrepreneurs can access some of the intervention funds earmarked for the sector by the Federal Government through some of the quasi-governmental agencies like the Bank of Industry (BoI) and other ...
Hyper-Availability: The Competitive Edge for Digital Banks
September, 29 2018
Global - With downtime and unavailability significantly impacting on the reputation of a bank, fintechs are in a prime position to embrace hyper-availability and gain the competitive advantage over the incumbents. We explore the impact it is making in the local banking sector ...
Poverty Level Goes Below 5% in Azerbaijan
September, 26 2018
Azerbaijan - Azerbaijan is among the 29 countries that managed to achieve poverty reduction to less than five percent, the chairman of the committee on agrarian policy of the Azerbaijani Parliament Eldar Ibrahimov said at an international conference on the "The role of the Parliament in the implementation of the sustainable development goals in Azerbaijan" ...
SDGs: Three Years on, Where Do We Stand?
September, 24 2018
Global - Being non-binding in nature, the SDGs are in the hands of the goodwill of countries. One only hopes such goodwill turns into passion to make the world livable for everyone ...
Impact Banking: Microfinance Comes of Age in Kyrgyzstan
September, 19 2018
Kyrgyzstan - Over 20 years after microfinance first arrived in Kyrgyzstan, the largest players are transforming into banks to lower funding costs and increase financial inclusion. Can they convince the country’s farmers to put their cash into banks instead of cows?
Crucial Moment for Fintech as Policy Makers Play Catch-up
September, 13 2018
Global - Financial technology (Fintech) has figuratively been the talk of the town for quite some time. In the past few years the industry has pioneered a new world order, where the traditional banking setup has been turned on its head ...
D. Porteous, O. Morawcznski, A. Ng'Weno: From Financial Inclusion to Employment - Four Ways Superplatforms Will Shape Africa’s Future
September, 12 2018
Global - Perhaps surprisingly, young people in sub-Saharan Africa and other low-income countries haven't embraced digital payments to the extent of their older peers. But that may be changing as "superplatforms" like Alibaba and Facebook – which can leverage their data and tech capabilities over multiple sectors – emerge in the region. David Porteous and Amolo Ng’weno of BFA and Olga Morawcynski of Mastercard Foundation discuss four ways these tech platforms will shape youth employment, financial inclusion, digital identity and other fields ...
No Savior: Can Blended Finance Work for WASH?
September, 10 2018
Gobal - With new data revealing how far off target the water and sanitation sector is in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, advocates are grappling with the question of how to catalyze more funding ...
Nigeria: Leveraging Mobile Money to Drive Financial Inclusion
September, 05 2018
Nigeria - Although the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s 80 per cent financial inclusion target by 2020 looks unlikely to be realised, the recent surge in new offerings by mobile money operators (MMOs) in the country seems to indicate that Nigeria may not fall far too short of that mark. ...