Launch of new reports on the impact of the COVID-19 on the low- and moderate-income populations and MSMEs in Asia and Africa
MSC and Swiss Capacity Building Facility(SCBF) launched the new reports on the impact of the COVID-19 on the low- and moderate-income populations as well as micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Asia and Africa, through an interactive webinar on 28th of January, 2021.
Inclusive FinTechs in Francophone Africa: Mali country report
Mali is a frontier market for FinTechs. The ecosystem comprises 18 FinTechs, 11 enablers funding partners.
The Malian Government understands the need to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem. It is in the process of creating policies to utilize digital solutions. This will require investment in skills, education, and support of the startup sector backed with strong mentors.
Inclusive FinTechs in Francophone Africa: Togo country report
Togo has ambitious plans to embrace digitization as a lever to modernize the economy and society. To this effect, it has created innovation centers to support the startup industry and provide an environment that allows innovation and research and development. The World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 Report has rated Togo as Africa’s best reformer in 2019.
COVID-19: Impacted yet proactive youth response to the crisis through innovation
COVID-19 has disrupted normal life—in terms of health, economy, and society. The pandemic is unique in that it affects all segments of the population, including youth. Young people are more vulnerable to declining labor demand. However, instead of giving up, youth have shown their resilience and turned this crisis into business opportunities, creating brilliant initiatives.