Over the last few years, West Africa has seen a significant increase in the number of fintech startups that are building unique ways of enhancing access to finance for unbanked people. From credit reporting for people at the bottom of the pyramid to agri-tech products that encourage farmers to use financial services to increase their
Microfinance institutions (MFIs) continue to play very important roles as financial intermediaries for most of the world’s poor. In Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Gambia, as many as 38 MFIs are licensed by the central banks and together serve about 250,000 clients. Almost 100% of the time, these MFIs are paper-based and have been unable
If you weren’t in Sierra Leone this January, you missed out on attending the first Salone Job Fair on January 16th at the US Embassy’s Parking Lot in Freetown. Organised by Careers.sl, the most popular job board and recruitment company in the country, the Salone Job Fair was the first large scale local gathering of
The new year is upon us and we are full of excitement and energy for the months ahead. As we prepare to dive into fresh projects and make new connections, we want to take a moment to reflect on 2017 and the fulfilling experiences we have had. Here are our top 10 moments from
West Africans generally associate free open source software, which is easily available to use and modify, as being inferior to commercial alternatives. This is a consequence of both their lack of understanding of the open source model of software development and a general consensus that if free software is usually of little or no value.