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UNCDF in the Pacific: Agile redesign of activities to respond to the COVID-19 crisis

UNCDF in the Pacific: Agile redesign of activities to respond to the COVID-19 crisis

September 22, 2020

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Whilst many countries in the Pacific region have, so far, had few cases of COVID-19 the global pandemic has caused rapid economic and societal changes across the region. The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) have applied their expertise to help governments, companies and citizens to negotiate these changes.

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Third time lucky: How PIN codes are inhibiting the uptake of mobile financial services in Papua New Guinea

Third time lucky:                How PIN codes are inhibiting the uptake of mobile financial services in Papua New Guinea

August 20, 2020

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Talking to rural farmers in Papua New Guinea on the usage of mobile financial services, one striking response really stood out; nearly half of the customers we spoke to said they were not using their account, because they had forgotten their four digit PIN required to access their account.

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Congregating during Covid-19: Leveraging a church network to bring life insurance to remote communities in Papua New Guinea

Congregating during Covid-19: Leveraging a church network to bring life insurance to remote communities in Papua New Guinea

July 21, 2020

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By Rose Payne The United Church of Papua New Guinea (UC PNG) is central to more than 700,000 Papua New Guinean’s lives. Aside from being a place of worship, it is a social centre, where members meet with friends and hear news from trusted community leaders. Many members attend several times a week. However, when...

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How solar pay-as-you-go energy is helping Papua New Guineans access financial services

How solar pay-as-you-go energy is helping Papua New Guineans access financial services

June 19, 2020

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By Rose Payne In Papua New Guinea (PNG) over 80% of the population don’t have access to grid electricity. This means that people turn to expensive, unreliable and unsustainable energy sources for their everyday needs. Without access to electricity people can really suffer; children are unable to do their homework, business owners can only operate...

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Making funeral insurance accessible to Samoans for the first time

Making funeral insurance accessible to Samoans for the first time

June 11, 2020

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How AIC adopted a test and learn approach  By Alex Reddaway Insurance products rarely feature prominently in the development headlines. This is particularly the case with funeral insurance. Yet, while insurance may underdeliver on excitement, it often overdelivers on impact, building resilience in low-income populations by identifying and addressing areas of vulnerability. Samoa retains many...

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