Posts Tagged ‘UNDP’

Health Insurance: The Top Priority of Microinsurance Customers

By Asma Azmi, Microfinance Focus, July 1, 2010: Microinsurance is increasingly being viewed as an instrument of freeing poor people from the shackles of poverty. By insuring against unanticipated risks like illnesses, accidents, crop failure and climatic catastrophes, it can enable accumulation of assets for productive purposes and wealth creation. Yet Microinsurance Centre data show that only 78 million people were covered by microinsurance in the ... Full story

Crisis could trap 21 million people in extreme poverty in Asia Pacific: UN,ADB Report

Microfinance Focus, Feb 17, 2010: A joint report by the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in an Era of Global Uncertainty: Asia- Pacific Regional Report 2009/10”, examines the toll that the global economic crisis has taken on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Asia-Pacific region.  The global economic crisis could fence in an ... Full story

Microinsurance Conference focuses on ways to reach more in India

Microfinance Focus, Dec. 21, 2009: In India, the penetration of mainstream insurance is as low as 4.7% (as of 2007) and the reach of microinsurance is even lower. This became the focus of the national microinsurance conference that was held last week to discuss and reflect on the steps taken in bringing vital financial protection services to this vulnerable majority. In addition, the speakers provided ... Full story

Report finds mobile banking in Papua New Guinea ‘interesting’

Microfinance Focus, Nov. 27, 2009: Papua New Guinea presents interesting challenges and opportunities for mobile banking, said a recently released report from the UN's Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (PFIP) and the IFC. The report on “Building a mobile money distribution network in Papua New Guinea” found that there is great demand for a system that enhances cash safety, including mobile phone transfers and a means to ... Full story

UNDP to host workshop on microinsurance in Delhi

Microfinance Focus, Nov. 18, 2009: The UNDP is organizing a National Conference on the Status of Microinsurance in India, in collaboration with the Centre for Insurance and Risk Management (CIRM) and Centre for Micro Finance (CMF) at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR). The conference will be held in New Delhi on Dec. 10 and 11, 2009. The conference will assess the status of ... Full story

UNDP invites livelihoods proposals from Indian microfinance institutions

Microfinance Focus, Sept. 18, 2009: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), India office invites proposals from Micro-Finance Institutions (MFIs), Associations or Consortium of MFIs for the design of innovation support in financial products and services suited to the livelihood needs of poor women and men. The documents required are detailed description of the proposed model, methodology and work plan and budget requirements. The last date is Oct. ... Full story

UNDP helps Niger to boost livelihoods for women

Microfinance Focus, Sept.2, 2009: UNDP's economic recovery assistance programme in conflict-ridden Niger has benefitted about 1,200 women and girls, said a statement. The region suffers from both political instability and inequality between men and women. Many of the targeted women are disenfranchised, widowed, displaced or injured. Some have been the victims of rape. These women are for the first time being involved in productive activities. Several ... Full story

UNDP to conduct assessment study of financial literacy in India

Microfinance Focus, Aug. 28, 2009: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is planning to conduct an assessment study of fnancial literacy in seven states of India - Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa. The study will focus on understanding components of financial literacy, compilation and analytical overview of available packages and highlight the best practices in the delivery of tools and packages and ... Full story

UNDP launches new website on climate change

Microfinance Focus, Aug. 18, 2009: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a new climate change web site, The site is a knowledge database for information on key climate change issues, with a focus on analyses of international climate negotiations as well as the economic and policy implications of climate change, said a press release. UNDP created the website to assist governments ... Full story
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