Business

Communicating in business: presentation skills

There are many situations in the business world where you need to present. You might have to pitch your product to potential customers, present an idea to your employer or colleagues, or represent your business at an event. In this article we outline three tips for a great presentation. COME

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The true story behind second-hand clothes

Africa is the world’s biggest destination for second-hand clothes, receiving over 70% of global clothes donations. The streets of almost every town are filled with colourful piles of used clothes. In Uganda, four out of every five items of clothing bought are second-hand. How do these used clothes reach African

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The personal benefits of microfinance

Microfinance is a type of banking service offered to people who normally have no access to finance. People excluded from regular banking services are farmers, the poor, and often women. Microfinance has sometimes been called ‚financial inclusion.‘ However, this is a contentious term because there is still much debate about

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How investors see Africa today

Investment is a very important part of growth for an economy because it provides the resources to produce goods and services more effectively. Countries in Africa have recently been attracting larger amounts of investment from foreign companies (known as FDI). Let’s explore what it is that helps investors make decisions

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What is micro insurance?

Micro insurance is one of the financial products that microfinance institutions (MFIs) offer. MFIs provide financial services to people who normally have no access to traditional finance. People excluded from regular banking services are farmers, the poor, and often women. Micro insurance is like non-micro insurance in that it helps

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How banks benefit the economy and you

WHAT DO BANKS DO? Fundamentally, banks allow consumers to save their money and lend money to those who need it and can pay it back. Many people save some of their income because it provides security if the future is uncertain or they may be saving it for their children.

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Economic empowerment in Africa

WHAT IS ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT? Economic empowerment refers to the capacity of men and women that can participate, contribute or have a role to play in and benefit from the growth process of the economy. It is essentially the ability of people to feel empowered by access to the economy. This

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How you make a micro loan

WHAT IS MICROFINANCE? Microfinance is a type of banking service offered to people who normally have no access to finance. People excluded from regular banking services are farmers, the poor, and often women. Microfinance has sometimes been called ‚financial inclusion.‘ However, this is a contentious term because there is still

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