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Savings Group Linkages: The Float That Raises All Ships?

For quite some time, the financial inclusion world has been aware of the popularity of savings groups in the developing world. In East Africa, a substantial number of low income people are involved in both informal groups (10.8 million in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania combined) as well as NGO promoted groups (at least 3.6 million in the same four countries,[2] saving an estimated USD 30 million each week). Given their popularity, are we making the most of what these groups can offer low income populations?

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Digitizing Government Payments in Nigeria

The Financial Services for the Poor team is exploring digitizing government payments to accelerate financial inclusion and complement our existing work with the government of Nigeria. We also hoped that digitizing a larger number of government payments would support Nigeria’s national financial inclusion strategy and its commitment to decrease financial exclusion to 20% by 2020.

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Menstrual Hygiene Day: A Milestone for Women and Girls Worldwide

This May 28th, more than 145 organizations from all over the world are coming together to celebrate the world’s first Menstrual Hygiene Day and help break the silence around menstrual hygiene management.

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Continental Shift

On Africa Day, in celebration of 51 years of the African Union, the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, looks at the changing role of Africa in global development.

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An Urgent Call to Finish the Job and End Polio

Yesterday marked another major milestone in the world’s effort to wipe out polio – a preventable but debilitating and highly infectious disease. To date, major milestones in this effort reflected the progress in reduction of poliovirus transmission directly through facts and figures such as: •Since 1988, the number of new polio cases has dropped more than 99% from 350,000 a year to just over 400 in 2013; and from 125 countries to only 3 where polio transmission has never been stopped •In 2012, the world recorded the lowest number of new polio cases in history •In March of this year, India – once regarded as the hardest place to eliminate polio – was certified polio-free after marking three years without a single wild poliovirus case. •As a result of India’s success, WHO’s South east Asian region (including 11 countries and representing 1.8 billion people) was certified polio-free.

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