PPI score

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In this blog, we want to explore the effectiveness to use the PPI score as a wealth level proxy in a straightforward manner, based on the recent financial and energy diaries Uganda (FEDU) that L-IFT completed in April 2017. For … Continued

What is the opposite of “smooth”?  

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When I look up the word “smooth” the Merriam –Webster dictionary tells me:                   But those familiar with financial diaries know smooth’s opposites best: lumpy, rocky, spiked, uneven, rough. That’s what low-income … Continued

Students’ inputs on mobile money

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In the former blog we looked at the downsides students experience with the current dominant money system in use, i.e. banks and ATMs. It clearly came out that they are in need for a system, which makes their lives easier. … Continued

Students’ money struggles

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Digital Money is an unknown concept for students in Ethiopia. We have conducted several interviews with students from different regions. All of our respondents, except one, do not use digital money, neither do they know what it means. Although they … Continued

What Women Want

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“On virtually every global measure, women are more economically excluded than men”, discloses the World Bank’s Gender at Work report 2014, even though growth in many emerging markets is heavily dependent on women. [1] Female entrepreneurs face great challenges when … Continued

The need for a more reliable system

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Having access to quality financial services is the most fundamental factor for users to obtain smooth transactions throughout their daily lives. By extending the availability of reliable digital services, those not having access to financial services could be encouraged to … Continued

Introducing the L-IFT field researchers Alumni Network

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The FEDU project brought together individuals from different parts of Uganda, individuals with a broad-spectrum of backgrounds. This mix of cultures, interests and knowledge has created a wealth of both social and professional bonds. One of the most important question … Continued

Field Researchers Training

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Between 06th April and 10th April, L-IFT held a training for its field researchers in Jinja (Uganda). The training marked a conclusion of over 6 months of data collection for the Financial and Energy Diaries Research. It was organized to … Continued

Field Reflections: Bi-weekly meetings

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Bi-weekly meetings, which brought together all the field researchers in each area, were an integral part of the Financial and Energy Diaries Project. Under the stewardship of the team supervisor, these meetings were aimed at evaluating the progress of the … Continued

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