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Improving our understanding of poverty

For decades, the global community has been looking at income – counting the number of people who earn less than US$1.90 per day – to determine who is poor. Although income is a good measure, it does…  



Gender Equality for increased productivity and sustainable growth

Gender equality and women’s empowerment GEWE) lies at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which recognizes that achieving gender equality is a matter of human rights and is…  


Goal 1: No poverty


Building an Inclusive Financial Sector in Rwanda (BIFSIR) - Booklet

The Building an Inclusive Financial Sector in Rwanda programme (2010-2015) seeks to tear down the barriers for financial inclusion in Rwanda by contributing to capacity building of stakeholders at the…  



BIFSIR thematic area: Umurenge SACCO

The Umurenge (U-) SACCOs form a part of the National Savings Mobilisation Strategy adopted for creating inclusive financial systems in Rwanda. The first U-SACCO was established in 2009 and to date 416…  


BIFSIR thematic area: Entrepreneur Skills Development

In Rwanda, 40% of the population is below 30 years old and with a current youth unemployment rate at 15.9%, youth unemployment has become one of the major threats to the achieved poverty reduction…  


BIFSIR thematic area: Village Savings and Loan Associations

VSLAs have proven to be very effective in generating growth and building local capacity. A VSLA is a microcredit model under which 25-30 members meet in a self-managed group once a week to save and…  


BIFSIR focus area: Digital Financial Services

Mobile phones have evolved to become one of the most user friendly tools of economic empowerment for poor people in developing countries. Because mobile phones allow instant and safe transactions…  

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