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Decentralised Services Companies: innovative partnerships for rural electrification in Africa

3 February 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest electrification rates of all developing regions, and its rural areas are the most poorly provisioned of all. To meet this specific challenge, EDF and its partners have developed Decentralised Services Companies (DSCs), commercial, profit-making companies governed by local law. A major factor behind their success is the training of local specialist personnel – something all stakeholders in this sector should encourage. read more
financial inclusion

A ‘local’ answer to financial inclusion

29 January 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - A small ‘local area’ bank and a Business Correspondent (BC) company in India may be showing the way forward in using agent channels to provide savings services to low-income clients. read more
Mother and son - India. A small child engages with new technology, hopefully developing new knowledge and skills, while his mother is working her traditional daily job.

More than a thousand words – CGAP Photo Contest

28 January 2015

Foresight Africa 2015: Striving for more and better development finance

19 January 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - In 2015, African and other world leaders will meet in Addis Ababa for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. This meeting will be crucial for Africa given the vast resources needed to support inclusive, sustainable growth across the continent. It will also provide a unique opportunity for African leaders to gauge their countries’ progress on implementing the current development financing agenda, as well as reformulate their strategies given new and emerging trends in finance. read more