Transaction Pools for Digital Financial Services

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In following blog series, you can read about the event: 1. Blog: Can Ethiopia soon benefit from Digital Financial Services? Transaction pools for digital financial services: are we at a historic moment? 2. Blog: Which Digital Financial Products should be launched in … Continued

Smoke signals

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During my field visits to rural study participants a frequent sight was the thick smoke billowing from the respondents’ kitchens. Some of these kitchens were straw thatched mud houses others iron roofed mud structures or even makeshift structures. The kitchen … Continued

Can diaries research change the world?

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“Yes, definitely” claims Anne Marie van Swinderen, founder of L-IFT, a company dedicated to exactly that – changing the world through diaries research. “Diaries research” is a bit of a misnomer. It is not, as the name suggests, about people … Continued

Rebecca’s experience working as a team supervisor

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Each of the regional clusters of the FEDU project areas was under the leadership of a team supervisor, who acted as the link between the project management team and all the local stakeholders. Ajambo Rebecca, one of the team supervisors … Continued

Withstanding the Drought

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In the past few months as an intern at L-IFT, I have had the opportunity to interact with a diverse array of individuals. In this post, I continue a recount of these interactions and observations, this time, with a focus … Continued

The rise of solar lighting

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When I returned to Uganda last year, after a two-year hiatus, I instantly noticed the increased usage of solar panels. During my field visits, I took an interest in gaining an understanding into the use of different lighting sources including … Continued

Living and coping with long-term illness

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One theme, which came up several times during my field interactions with some FEDU respondents was how long-term illness impacted on livelihoods, especially among individuals already living in financial distress. During one of the field visits in Mbale, I met Iryn … Continued

L-IFT has uplifted me

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As the Finance and Energy Diaries Project Uganda (FEDU) is coming to an end, I interacted with some of the field researchers, who over the past months played a critical role in the execution of the FEDU project. I was especially … Continued

Giving voice

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On 13th April, during a project visit in Kasokwe, a village in Eastern Uganda, the L-IFT team met one of their research participants Kasobya Eunice, the mother of four young boys, expecting her fifth child. A listening ear During our talk with … Continued

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