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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.

2012 SEEP Annual Conference: Full conference highlights

November 26, 2012
The Microlinks team attended the 2012 SEEP Annual Conference. Watch plenary session recordings, read a blog post recap, explore photos from the event, and stay tuned for interviews with conference presenters.

USAID’s Approach to Developing Market Systems

January 29, 2013
Jeanne Downing, senior advisor for business development services for USAID/MD, discusses changing approaches and cultural shifts with regard to market development within USAID.

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.

The Sustainability Challenge: Mike Field shares thoughts on good practice in facilitiation

June 15, 2011
At Breakfast Seminar #60 on June 15, 2011, Mike Field of ACDI/VOCA presented on his experience with achieving sustainability in development projects by using the systems approach. After reviewing his own definition of sustainability—which involves ongoing efficiency improvements as well as expanding both the depth and breadth of benefits—Field talked about systemic forces which can either help or hinder sustainability.

Formalizing the Informal Sector

October 21, 2011
During my recent presentation with Harun Baiya (SITE Enterprises) on the formalization of the raw milk sector in Kenya, we discussed how good facilitation techniques can lead to the sustainable development of a value chain.

Reflecting on the Importance of Intangibles

November 7, 2011
This blog post was written by Christian Pennotti, Learning and Impact Technical Advisor at CARE, following the "Understanding the Intangibles: Trust, Risk, Leadership, and Transparency in Value Chain Partnerships" Breakfast Seminar on November 4, 2011.

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.