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Oct. 09, 2015
Bangkok, THAILAND

What is the challenge put forward by the CleanStart window?

The SHIFT Challenge Fund - CleanStart Energy Access Window challenges banks, non-bank financial institutions, microfinance Institutions, private sector companies, cooperative societies to introduce innovative financial products, approaches and services which facilitate expansion of consumer and/or enterprise financing, benefitting low-income consumers, especially women and marginalized groups, who want to transition to cleaner and more efficient energy.

Jun. 22, 2015
Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the National Bank of Cambodia in cooperation with the Australian Government are organising an upcoming stakeholders’ conference on, "Women and Enterprises Driving Financial Inclusion and Investment Returns”.

Purpose of the Conference

To develop a framework for action to incentivise greater private and quasi-private sector investment and financing for MSMEs, contributing in particular to women’s economic empowerment in frontier markets in the ASEAN region.

May. 21, 2015
Dakar, SENEGAL

In a country where 20 percent of the population uses financial services and where the mobile phone penetration rate reaches 80 percent, the development of digital financial services has tremendous potential to promote access to financial services and to support the economic development of the unbanked population.

May. 20, 2015
Kampala, UGANDA

When a family member first told Mary that she could use her mobile phone to store her money, she felt that she had finally found a safe place to keep the earnings from her vegetable sales.  Mary soon experienced, however, that the journey to register and manage an account to be less simple.

At a four-day event in Uganda, UNCDF brought together 150 digital financial service providers from 20 countries in Asia and Africa to improve their understanding of the challenges faced by low-income entrepreneurs like Mary and find  solutions for them.

Apr. 27, 2015
Cambodia

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the National Bank of Cambodia in cooperation with the Australian Government are organising an upcoming stakeholders’ conference on, "Women and Enterprises Driving Financial Inclusion and Investment Returns”. The aim of the conference is to develop a framework for action to incentivise greater private and quasi-private sector investment and financing for MSMEs, contributing in particular to women’s economic empowerment in frontier markets in the ASEAN region.

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