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.
The role of entrepreneurship in creating job opportunities for the youth
Several challenges often mar the journey to entrepreneurship, especially for the youth. What are these challenges? What possible solutions can be developed to assist the youth to succeed in their ventures? Watch our video for some answers.
Floods and drought in 2019, a locust invasion in 2020, and now COVID-19: How do these incidents, particularly COVID-19 affect the food supply chain in the Horn of Africa?
Locust invasion, which followed a spell of flood and drought in 2019 left farmers in the horn of Africa left the farmers in anguish. Before the farmers could recover, Covid-19 has brought a new cause of concern. On the other hand, these disasters seem to bring new equilibrium in the agri-value chains coordination. This blog analyzes the role of digitization, innovative agriculture finance and policy and regulations to safeguard food supply chain in the COVID-19 era.
In the time of COVID-19, agent networks in Kenya are coping with lock-downs and curfews, social distancing and hygiene, and reduced hours of bank operations. Using near-live data from the Caribou Data platform and MSC’s extensive experience on agent networks, the blog attempts to understand the situation for mobile money and banking agents on the ground in Kenya.