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Fri, 06/16/2017
Louga, SENEGAL

Collection agents are preparing for a village savings and loan association (VSLA) meeting at an office of the Coopérative Autonome pour le Renforcement des Initiatives Économiques par la Microfinance (CAURIE-MF – Independent Credit Union for the Reinforcement of Economic Initiatives by Microfinance). A typical VSLA meeting gathers 30 to 100 women who are self-selected from community-based organizations. The women benefit from micro-credit and savings products that incorporate participatory management and joint guarantees and that work through solidarity groups.

Thu, 06/15/2017
Freetown, SIERRA LEONE

The Sierra Leone FinTech Challenge 2017 is an initiative by the Bank of Sierra Leone, in partnership with FSD Africa funded by U.K. aid from the U.K. government and UNCDF MM4P, with support from USAID and the Last Mile Trust Fund.

Wed, 06/14/2017
Vientiane, LAO PDR

The mixed emotions of excitement and nervousness would be the best way to describe how new branchless banking agents feel in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). For many prospective agents, who humbly regard themselves as rural, less-educated people, having the opportunity to work with the country’s largest bank is an unusual, unexpected opportunity.

Mon, 06/12/2017
Kampala, UGANDA

When you buy a SIM card in Uganda, you give the mobile network operator (MNO) your name and contact details and your national ID number or, in the case of foreigners, a passport. This personal data is used to ensure the integrity of the customer data records of the MNO’s. Nothing new under the sun for some, but for others who don’t have a national ID, simply registering a SIM card can be a real challenge.

Thu, 06/08/2017
Cotonou, Benin

The UNCDF’s programme MM4P, organized two days of training for banks on June 7th and 8th, at the Benin Royal Hotel, as part of the implementation of its 2017 annual work plan.

The aim was to share with the banks of Benin tools and best practices which can help them initiate and develop digital finance products and services.

Thu, 06/08/2017
Cotonou, BENIN

Le Programme MM4P lancé au Bénin en 2015, par l’Agence d’investissement des Nations Unies (UNCDF), a organisé les 07 et 08 juin au Bénin Royal Hôtel, une série d’ateliers de formation pour les banques, dans le cadre de l’exécution de son plan annuel de travail pour 2017. 

L’objectif visé à travers ces ateliers est de doter les acteurs du système bancaire d’outils et de compétences pour initier et développer des produits et services en finance digitale.

Thu, 06/01/2017
Dakar, SÉNÉGAL

La zone UEMOA dispose d’un cadre réglementaire qui permet  aux institutions de microfinance (IMF) mais également aux acteurs non bancaires comme opérateurs de téléphonie mobile (OTM), spécialistes des transferts d’argent, etc., de fournir des services financiers décentralisés aux individus et aux entreprises. La BCEAO, autorité de régulation, favorable à l’introduction de nouveaux moyens de paiement scripturaux et électroniques, a inscrit dans ses priorités  l’augmentation du taux de bancarisation et la protection des utilisateurs de la finance digitale.

Thu, 06/01/2017
Dakar, SENEGAL

The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) has a regulatory framework that enables microfinance institutions, as well as non-banking actors such as mobile network operators and money transfer specialists, to provide decentralized financial services to individuals and businesses.

Mon, 05/29/2017
Cotonou, BÉNIN

Nous savons tous que l’objectif ultime de l’inclusion financière est d’amener les gens à adopter de nouveaux comportements financiers qui, selon nous, les aideront à avancer. Beaucoup d’efforts ont été faits dans ce sens pour développer les infrastructures, mais force est de constater que la réponse du marché tarde à se faire entendre. Les partenaires s’efforcent sans cesse d’accélérer les changements et nous pouvons déjà noter une certaine consolidation dans des pays où les services financiers digitaux émergent.

Mon, 05/29/2017
Cotonou, BENIN

The goal of financial inclusion is to make people adopt a new type of financial behaviors that, we believe, will help them progress. A lot of effort has been put rightfully into building the infrastructure but the market is responding more slowly than envisioned. Partners are struggling to accelerate change and we are already witnessing some consolidation in countries where digital financial services (DFS) have emerged.

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