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This article proposes six possible avenues for quality OGS companies to reduce the price difference of their products compared to non-quality products, starting from the cost categories that account for most of the price difference between quality and non-quality Solar Home Systems (SHS). These are not the only solutions, but they are a start!

This study by INCLUDE captures current views of inclusive development challenges in Africa, and identifies key interventions to reduce poverty and inequality in the region.

Inspired by the success and growing market for mobile money in the region, financial technologies (fintech) in SSA are evolving to cover other areas in mobile financing and financial service delivery. Venture capital firm Village Capital and its partners are supporting early-stage fintech startups in SSA, and this report features its 2018 cohort of 12 startups that are helping farmers, small businesses, cooperatives, and households gain greater and better access to mobile financial services.

Inspiradas por el éxito y el creciente mercado de dinero móvil en la región, las tecnologías financieras (fintech) en el SSA están evolucionando para abarcar otras áreas de la financiación móvil y la prestación de servicios financieros. La empresa de capital de riesgo Village Capital y sus asociados están prestando apoyo a las empresas de nueva creación de fintech en el África subsahariana, y en el presente informe se presenta su cohorte de 2018 de 12 empresas de nueva creación que están ayudando a los agricultores, las pequeñas empresas, las cooperativas y los hogares a obtener un mayor y mejor acceso a los servicios financieros móviles.

The findings of this study indicate a strong need for risk capital for agri-food SMEs in Africa. The case studies show that agri-food SMEs need assistance in business strategy development, governance and management, as well as operations and marketing.

The findings of this study indicate a strong need for risk capital for agri-food SMEs in Africa. The case studies show that agri-food SMEs need assistance in business strategy development, governance and management, as well as operations and marketing.

Sub Saharan Africa (SSA)’s regional economy has quintupled in size from USD 300 billion in 2000 to USD 1.6 trillion in 2017, and is expected to surpass USD 2 trillion by 2020. Apart from the rapidly expanding market, favorable regional conditions have spurred improvements in the business environment, and provide leads to where private sector participation can prove profitable.

La economía regional del África subsahariana (ASS) se ha quintuplicado, pasando de 300.000 millones de dólares en 2000 a 1,6 billones de dólares en 2017, y se espera que supere los 2 billones de dólares en 2020. Aparte del mercado en rápida expansión, las condiciones regionales favorables han impulsado mejoras en el entorno empresarial y proporcionan pistas en las que la participación del sector privado puede resultar rentable.

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