E-health for Sub-saharan Africa (2011-2013)
The first phase of the eHSA programme consists of four in-depth horizontal studies. These studies are to last one year, and are addressing critical success factors – setting solid foundations for the development of sustainable eHealth and telemedicine services across SSA. The Satellite-enhanced eHealth for sub-Saharan Africa Programme (eHSA) is a multi-year programme aimed at establishing sustainable eHealth services in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The programme is being managed by ESA, with funding from the European Union – Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund and the Government of Luxembourg through the Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation. These studies will provide the necessary information to help ensure the success of subsequent fertilisation projects. They will examine the governance, regulatory aspects, interoperability, and sustainability of eHealth services in SSA.
African Internet Exchange System (AXIS; 2011-2014)
The African Internet Exchange System project aims to keep Africa’s internet traffic local by providing capacity building & technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Exchange Points in Africa. Africa is currently paying overseas carriers to exchange “local” (continental) traffic on our behalf. This is both a costly as well as an inefficient way of handling inter-country exchange of Internet traffic. Lowering communications costs by facilitating the establishment of the African Internet Exchange System will reduce the cost of financing trade and ultimately the price of the goods. Affordable and accessible bandwidth will encourage regional trade integration and new “think work” industries like business process outsourcing (BPO) and call centers will emerge and create employment, reduce poverty and generate wealth. It is therefore in the interests of all countries in Africa to find ways of optimizing internet traffic, to support intra-continental traffic flows and create opportunities for private sector investment in these areas. Having regard to relevant AU decisions related to the African Internet Exchange System project, the African Union Commission signed an agreement with the Lead Financier (Luxembourg Development Agency) to support implementation of the African Internet Exchange System project funded by the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund and the Government of Luxembourg. The objectives are:
To support the establishment of:
- Internet exchange points (IXP) in Member States of the African Union;
- Regional Internet Hubs;
- Regional Internet Carriers;
- Continental Internet Carriers;
- To establish a real-time and historical traffic data accessible via web-based visualization system;
- To develop a certificate curriculum on Internet Exchange technologies.
Expected results are following:
- IXP Capacities in AU Member States built;
- Internet Exchange Points In AU Member States;
- Regional Internet Hubs established;
- Regional Internet Carriers established;
- Continental Internet Carriers established;
- Real-time and historical traffic data accessible via web-based visualization system established;
- Certificat Curriculum on Internet Exchange Technologies developed.
Developing Business with the Rural Poor – Vietnam
This programme is funded by the Luxembourg Government (with a budget of €2,475,044) and implemented in collaboration with IFAD. Its purpose is to empower poor households in targeted rural communities to organize themselves for profitable market participation along value chains in a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable manner. The programme provides the essential elements for achieving this objective: (i) improving the business and investment environment; (ii) providing rural business development services; and (iii) extending market access for the rural poor. These three components are to lead to the specific objective of rural poor people being empowered to benefit from an enhanced market participation in Cao Bang province. The Luxembourg Government support for this project will have a clear focus on strengthening the local actors in terms of coordination, planning, budgeting and implementation, and the provision, where necessary, of specific complementary technical assistance to the local institutions in order to achieve the objectives and results of the IFAD programme in a most efficient and effective manner. The project was launched in 2009 and is expected to be completed by 2012.
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Support of the Network of Associations of Microfinance Institutions in Central America (REDCAMIF) through the funding of a project entitled “Regional Project of micro-insurance”
This pilot program, the first of its kind in the world and in the region, called Retirement Funds-Micro Pensions as an option for customers in the sector to have a pension fund. This initiative is part of the Central American Microfinance Network (Redcamif), initially involving 2.500 entrepreneurs affiliated with the network. During a second phase, similar programs in Honduras and Nicaragua will open, eventually looking to expand to all countries in Central America. Funds will be provided by the Inter-American Development Bank (US$ 900,000), the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg ($ 525.000) and microfinance institutions in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua (US$ 300,000).
Institutional strengthening of institutions affiliated with the Nicaraguan Association of Microfinance Institutions, Nicaragua (2011-2014)
ASOMIF includes the major nicaraguaian microfinance institutions and provide a space for dialogue between them. The aim of the project is to improve financial services provided to marginalized populations, particularly in rural areas, by designing a program that encourages member institutions to develop new products and services accessible to vulnerable people and to SME, such as micro-insurance and micro-pension
Support to the Salvadoran Association of Microfinance Institutions (ASOMI) to strengthen microfinance services in rural areas of El Salvador (2009-2013)
ASOMI currently includes twelve Salvadorian microfinance institutions and provide a space for dialogue between them. The aim of the project is to improve financial services provided to marginalized populations, particularly in rural areas, by designing a program that encourages member institutions to develop new products and services accessible to vulnerable people and to SME, such as micro-insurance and micro-pension
Other projects in this category also includes:
- Development of microfinance in Cape Verde: action plan 2011-2015
- Integrated Rural Development Project − Mali
- Technical assistance to the WAEMU in the ITC sector