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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.

Piecing Together the Puzzle

June 20, 2012
Increasing small farmers' income comes down to creating the connection to a market, which creates incentives for farmers to innovate and increase production. But the more difficult proposition is how we go about doing that.

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.

2010 SEEP Annual Conference: USAID Feed the Future Lunch

November 1, 2010
The 2010 SEEP Annual Conference got off to a great start today with several Member Day activities. Of particular interest to many of the attendees was the lunch session highlighting USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative.

Using a Behavior Change Model To Fight the “Field of Dreams Syndrome”

November 19, 2010
At the USAID Microenterprise Development Office Breakfast Seminar #54: Seeds of Change, the presenters from Abt Associates offered a compelling session on using a behavior change (BC) methodology to strengthen agriculture value chains. Abt’ers Gael O’Sullivan and Stephen Rahaim bring years of BC experience, especially in the health sector, to this relatively new USAID-supported approach to agriculture development.

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.”