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women-led sme

Six best practices to best serve women-led SMEs

10 February 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - For individuals, the new year is typically the time to make resolutions and vow to practice new, better habits. For businesses, the new year might be a good time to look for new opportunity. In the economic development space, one burgeoning opportunity is the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) segment. Over the past few years, this segment has made a significant contribution to the global economy. Women-led SMEs, in particular, are not only creating jobs for themselves but also employing others. In 2012, an estimated 126 million women were starting or running new businesses in 67 economies around the world. read more
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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