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Coronavirus - Africa: Fighting COVID-19 Through Innovative Digital Solutions for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME)

In March 2020, most African governments implemented various measures to contain the spread of the virus

“During the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, more people died from the interruption of social services and economic break-down than from the virus itself’” according to a United Nations’ report regarding the socio-economic response to COVID-19, reflecting on the Ebola Virus outbreak of 2014. Today, it seems that history is…

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    • Jenifer Bukokhe, UNCDF Deputy Head of Office leads the Northern and West Nile region leaders in detailing what they will do to contribute to an Inclusive Digital Economy
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United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) partners with Private Sector Players to reach the Last Mile with Digital Services

Goal is to enable 1 Million Rural Ugandans to use Digital Services

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) announced partnerships with digital services providers aimed at increasing access to and usage of digital services in the North and West Nile regions of Uganda. Through this partnership, UNCDF is supporting private sector players to develop and scale digital solutions for communities that…

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    • AgriPay Brings Digital Banking to Thousands of Zambian Farmers
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AgriPay Brings Digital Banking to Thousands of Zambian Farmers

Zambia has over two million smallholder farmers and a rural population of about 9.7 million people, with approximately 40% of them being financially excluded

The average rural farmer in Zambia lives several kilometres away from their nearest neighbour and even further away from the nearest settlement where shops, agro-dealers and other services, such as agency banking and mobile money booths, would be located. Because the farmers live in remote locations making payments, sending and…

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Booster Teams to Breach the Rural Frontier of Digital Financial Services (DFS) in Uganda

Since 2014, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has worked to improve the financial lives of vulnerable populations in Uganda

Over 75 percent of Ugandans are employed in the agricultural sector – which only accounts for 26 percent of the nation’s GDP. This demonstrates that poverty in Uganda was, and is, mainly rural-based. In order to promote meaningful financial inclusion, UNCDF understood that it needed to directly address the rural…

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The Next Stage of Uganda’s Digital Economy Will Be Powered by Open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)

Today the vast majority of the applications used in Uganda are still private and the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are only available to third parties at exorbitant costs

While about 18 million Ugandans are now able to access services via the internet, only a fraction of the 18 million are able to bank, pay school fees or utility bills, order transport, search for location, learn, or perform a variety of other basic day-to-day needs; online. Why is that?…

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Introducing FinTech4U’s First Cohort

After a rigorous application process and interview process, the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and BongoHive Innovation and Technology Hub are pleased to announce the five Zambian FinTechs that will begin the FinTech4U Accelerator Programme in January 2020

The companies selected for the first FinTech4U cohort have shown their potential to improve financial inclusion among under-served customers such as rural populations, youth and women. UNCDF and BongoHive partnered to launch FinTech4U to provide such companies with a range of skills and resources to further improve their businesses. Of…

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Uganda Government Looks to Save Billions through Asset Management

Effective asset management looks at the entire lifecycle of an asset from acquisition through maintenance and disposal

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) conducted a workshop on municipal Asset Management Action Plans (AMAPs) in Gulu, Uganda from 3 to 6 December 2019, putting 22 local governments on the path to proactive asset management. With…

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Unlocking Finance & Impact for SMEs at the 11th African Private Sector Forum

Final declaration and recommendations for United Nations Capital Development Fund's (UNCDF) session include Madagascar recognizing that transformation of African economies

The Centre of Excellence and Innovative Fund for Local Government Finance and Local Economic Development Finance of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) organized a plenary dedicated to Unlocking Finance and Impact for SMEs and PPPs in the Least Developed Countries in Africa. In line with the main objective…

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Health clinic gets a new roof in rural Mozambique

The clinic served as a center point for many neighboring villages until the damage was inflicted in 2012 due to a storm

Come rain or shine, everybody deserves access to proper health care, and the first step to its provision is building and maintaining medical infrastructure. Not only does the infrastructure have to facilitate the medical operations, but it also has to be within range of the people who need it the…