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Key Takeaways on the Cultural Underpinnings of Emerging Payment Systems Uptake from Maria Stephens and Vivian Dzokoto

April 4, 2012
Maria Stephens of USAID and Dr. Vivian Dzokoto of Virginia Commonwealth University share their key takeaways from the EPS Seminar #6, "Barriers to Mobile Money Transfer Uptake in Ghana." In this video, the two presenters discuss the cultural underpinnings of emerging payment systems uptake and considerations for public-private partnerships in the development of financial services.

10 Priorities for Financial Inclusion

February 4, 2013
Global and national policymakers have made it a priority to advance financial inclusion. To make real progress, CGAP believes the field has 10 priorities over the next 5 years.

Arab Spring, Start-Up Summer?

July 16, 2011
Written by Holly Pickett for The New York Times. Business groups are taking an interest in Egyptian entrepreneurs like Yasmine el-Mehairy, left, and Zeinab Samir, who started a site for Arab women.

Making Cents Conference: Making sparks for youth economic opportunity in the MENA region

September 9, 2011
Guest blogger Brenda Schuster (Youth and HIV Technical Advisor for Catholic Relief Services) reports back on the Making Cents Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference’s final morning plenary session, “Youth Economic Opportunity in the MENA Region.” This session included Brandee McHale, COO of Citi Foundation, Svava Bjarnason, IFC Senior Education Specialist, Jamie McAuliffe, President and CEO of the Education for Employment Foundation, and Awais Sufi, Vice President for Work Programs at the International Youth Foundation.

Diasporas: A link to global integration

November 11, 2011
Can diasporas really serve as bridges to global markets for their countries of origin? A closer look at tourism and trade during the fifth Diaspora Engagement Seminar seems to imply exactly that. Dr. Manuel Orozco from the Inter-American Dialogue and Dr. Gaynelle Henderson-Bailey, President of Henderson Travel Service, were featured in this month’s seminar titled, "Heritage Tourism and Nostalgia Trade.”

Key Takeaways on Understanding Intangibles from Muhammad Siddiquee (CARE)

November 7, 2011
Muhammad Siddiquee of CARE provides key takeaways from his presentation during Breakfast Seminar #64, "Understanding the Intangibles: Trust, Risk, Leadership, and Transparency in Value Chain Partnerships." In this video, he discusses the importance of understanding the intangibles in value chain partnerships, particularly when influencing behavior changes and scale-up interventions.