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Meet the banker: Ranya Omar Al-Nasaa in Jordan

29 October 2014
Upsides talks to bankers from around the world. Why did they start working in the financial sector? What does the financial landscape look like in their country? And how does this landscape influence their actions? read more
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Sustainable momentum

24 October 2014
On 27 June 2013, representatives of Paraguay’s four leading banks sat down together for their first round table discussion on Sustainable Finance. The initiative was one of several encouraged and supported by the FMO, in countries as diverse as China and Kenya. Present at the Paraguayan round table was Raul Vera Bogado, Executive Chairman of the country’s second largest bank, Banco Regional S.A.E.C.A. He explains why the initiative is so important for Paraguay’s banking sector and agribusiness. read more
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Africa’s Pulse: decades of sustained growth is transforming Africa’s economies

20 October 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - Despite a weaker than expected global economy, with a number of major countries showing mixed performances, growth prospects for Africa remain positive and the region’s GDP growth is projected to rise to 5.2% in 2015-16 and 5.3% in 2017. These latest figures are outlined in the World Bank’s new Africa’s Pulse, the twice-yearly analysis of economic trends and the latest data on the continent. read more
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Direct-to-Farmer Finance: Business models for serving the hardest-to-reach smallholders

15 October 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - An estimated 90 percent of smallholder farmers lack strong, consistent relationships with buyers – and the access to finance, inputs, agronomic training and other support that typically accompanies those relationships. read more