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Launching financial inclusion in Sierra Leone, and other news (24 Jul 2018)

From evidence-based financial inclusion to women-led businesses in Bangladesh and Pakistan

Every Tuesday we highlight some of the international development stories from across the globe that have caught our attention.

  • Women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh will receive training and mentoring under the International trade Centre’s SheTrades programme, which has now launched a chapter in the country. Read more in The Daily Observer (Bangladesh).
  • India’s first national disability consultation on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act has revealed that only a third of the 29 states have notified rules under the act since April 2017. Read more in
  • Women have traditionally had relatively few opportunities to participate in the economy in Pakistan. The Karandaaz Women Entrepreneurship Challenge (funded by DFID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) supports women-led businesses to offer these opportunities. Read more in the Pakistan Observer.
  • At a roundtable with Bangladesh’s Department of Disaster Management, Shifting the Power, and Christian Aid’s Dhaka Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness Programme, ways to prepare the country for facing disasters were discussed. Read more in The Daily Star (Bangladesh).