Micro-Saving for Education

FINCA and the Private Education Development Network (PEDN) have been carrying out a small savings program with schools across Uganda to subsidize the costs of primary education. While Uganda guarantees universal primary education, it does so with prohibitive user fees that often lead to pupils dropping out and does little to off-set other costs. In response, Smoothing the Costs of …

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Improving Farming through Radio Waves

Farm Radio International has been using radio signals to communicate information on lifesaving practices and programs for communities across Africa. Their programs discuss matters such as maternal health, nutrition, and agriculture. They have recently partnered with the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) and World University Service Canada to evaluate the results of one of their unique programs. The radio …

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Private Sector Partnership Aids in the delivery of Supplies

At times NGOs suffer from an odd curse, having enough supplies on hand but no manner in which to deliver them. High fuel costs have led to organizations such as the World Food Program requiring that physical donations be accompanied with financial contributions to offset transportation costs. The Clinton Foundation, Mozambique Government, and Coca Cola corporation are piloting a partnership …

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Professionalizing and Marketing Day Labours’ Services

Day labourers, or “Men on the Side of the Road”, are being offered the opportunity to professionalize their skills through Fundi, an NGO operating in Cape Town, South Africa. Fundi offers a variety of services to day labourers, most importantly a resume and reference system. They independently asses the quality of work and personality of enrolled day labourers. These profiles …

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