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Rwanda: Financial innovation for growth

With agriculture as the backbone of its economy, Rwanda is focusing on various innovative financing mechanisms to further boost its agricultural development. Interview with the Rwandan minister of Financing and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete.

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Zimbabwe: Microcredit Aggravates ‘January Disease’

BULAWAYO, Jan 5 (IPS) – Thomas Dlakama has experienced what he calls “January disease” all his working life. This phenomenon afflicts millions in Zimbabwe, and its symptoms include an empty purse, rising blood pressure among irascible breadwinners, and a general inexplicable hope of manna from heaven.

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Northen Kenya: cultivating aloe to cope with desertification

Oct27

In Italy over 700 delegates from around 90 countries have attended the first International Participants Meeting, the event with which Milan’s global exhibition Expo 2015 is announcing itself to the world from October 25-27. Afronline has presented some videos from Africa in collaboration with A24Media on the theme “Feeding the planet – energy for life”.

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GHANA: Guidelines for unregulated microfinance sector

When Andrew Poku’s mother passed away he needed help to pay for her funeral. So the 35-year-old teacher from Accra turned to one of the country’s several loan companies for a 670-dollar loan.

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Mobile banking reaching the unbanked in Africa

A new form of cell phone banking, called mobile money or  Mobile money transfer(MMT) is allowing rural communities without access to banks to transfer or  receive money across long distances, pay electronically for supplies, or even save money through a process similar to using a prepaid ATM card.

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Rwanda: women in power

Jan25

After the 1994 genocide, 70 per cent of Rwanda’s population were women. Strong legislation to increase their level of representation means that today, over half of Rwanda’s MP are female, making Rwanda the country with the highest number of women MPs in the world. The story of two women and how it’s changed their lives.

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