Digital payments in Africa: Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments and drive inclusive growth

  Government, private sector, mobile operators and development organizations convene to establish a plan for the future LILONGWE, Malawi, April 30, 2015 – Today, Malawi took a significant step towards creating a digital payment ecosystem in order to address poverty and drive inclusive growth. An event organized by the Government of Malawi with the United… Read More Digital payments in Africa: Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments and drive inclusive growth

How mobile airtime remittance is changing lives in developing nations

A report this week from the World Bank recognised the importance of remittances in the global fight against poverty, one Irish start-up offers powerful alternative – mobile phone remittances. A recent report by the World Bank reinforces the importance of migration and remittances to the global economy. By allowing people move to where they can… Read More How mobile airtime remittance is changing lives in developing nations

Taxes, not Aid: Africa Must Generate Resources

Africa is growing at a steady rate and is on the path to sustainable long-term growth, opening up a number of investment opportunities. In fact, one-third of Africa’s countries have GDP growth rates of more than 6%. However, as discussed at the ECA’s Ninth African Development Forum, the resources required for Africa’s sustainable development will… Read More Taxes, not Aid: Africa Must Generate Resources

Slavoj Zizek on the ethical implications of charitable giving

In this short RSA Animate, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving. Slavoj Zizek, one of the world’s most influential living philosophers, visits the RSA to discuss capitalism’s flawed priorities. The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical… Read More Slavoj Zizek on the ethical implications of charitable giving

Official launch of the ACP Migration Facility

http://www.acp.int/en/sg/migration09/acpmigration09_workshop.html The ACP Migration Facility aiming to support the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to better understand and manage the flow of migration within their borders, was officially launched on the 27th and 28th October in Brussels. This took place during a workshop organised by the ACP Secretariat in collaboration with the European Commission’s EuropeAid… Read More Official launch of the ACP Migration Facility

Diaspora to Promote Job Creation and Youth Development in Africa

More than 50 Washington D.C.-based members of the African Diaspora participated in the launch of the 2008/2009 Africa Development Indicators (ADI) report . As this year’s ADI focuses on ‘‘Youth and Employment in Africa – The Potential, The Problem, The Promise”, the launch targeted Diaspora with an interest in youth development and promoting job creation… Read More Diaspora to Promote Job Creation and Youth Development in Africa

New Publications

Responsible enterprise, foreign direct investment, and investment promotion http://www.iied.org/pubs/display.php?o=15511IIED Foreign direct investment (FDI) is widely considered to be a key factor in economic development in middle and low income countries. Positively, it can be associated with the introduction of new technologies, job creation, access to new markets and improvements in the competitiveness of host countries.… Read More New Publications

Websites of the Month June 2008

Africa Progress Panel http://www.africaprogresspanel.org The aim of the Africa Progress Panel is to focus world leaders’ attention on making the most of the growing number of opportunities for progress in Africa. It will also comment on the challenges African governments, the G8 and other international partners face in meeting the commitments made towards Africa’s development.… Read More Websites of the Month June 2008

Conditional cash transfer programmes: a useful step in the fight against poverty

Conditional cash transfer programmes constitute an important tool for reducing poverty and promoting social inclusion – two key objectives of the International Labour Organization. Mexico has one of the most successful programmes of this type, which was recently the focus of a seminar at the ILO headquarters in Geneva. But as it was clear from… Read More Conditional cash transfer programmes: a useful step in the fight against poverty

Remittances from Germany and their Routes to Migrants' Origin Countries

Germany is one of the most important countries of origin for remittances— money transfers from migrants. In 2006 they amounted to approximately ten billion euros. However, as this study shows, migrants face considerable difficulties with the transfer process. Despite its large volume, the market for money transfers is extremely intransparent. Intensive research is needed to… Read More Remittances from Germany and their Routes to Migrants' Origin Countries

Remittances from Germany and their Routes to Migrants’ Origin Countries

Germany is one of the most important countries of origin for remittances— money transfers from migrants. In 2006 they amounted to approximately ten billion euros. However, as this study shows, migrants face considerable difficulties with the transfer process. Despite its large volume, the market for money transfers is extremely intransparent. Intensive research is needed to… Read More Remittances from Germany and their Routes to Migrants’ Origin Countries