Over the next few months, I am switching focus to my fledgling agricultural startup, Raintree Farms. For the last six years I’ve been nipping at the heels of an idea I wanted to explore: how much of an impact can members of the diaspora make in their communities if they switched focus from simple remittances […]

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Join me and a distinguished list of discussants for an evening of discourse about the state of remittances and economic growth in Africa. The Africa-America Institute’s next Speaker Series panel discussion will explore the role remittances can play in bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the African continent. The panel discussion entitled “Can Remittances from the […]

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Duncan Green writing for Oxfam’s From Poverty to Power blog: ‘Remittances to Africa are rising. In 2013, transfers to the region were valued at $32 billion, or around 2% of GDP. Charges on remittances to Africa are well above global average levels. Migrants sending $200 home can expect to pay 12% in charges, which is […]

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Post by remit.ug. Building something to solve a long-faced problem is one of the hardest and most satisfying things to undertake. Steve Jobs is famous for saying “we build things we want to use.” Remit.ug has been a labor of love. As a Ugandan Diaspora, I know the pain and wince-inducing cost of sending money […]

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Chris Blattman on giving cash to the poor as the equivalent to being given shoes and laces: So is it time to stop giving people skills? Not entirely. Part of the reason these Ugandan youth did well is that they invested some of their grants–maybe a third–in skills training. But mostly they invested the grant […]

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One of the cornerstones of our mission here at PD is to encourage the African Diaspora to do more with their remittances. Annually, it is estimated that Diaspora remittances to Africa are inching north of $40 billion. That’s money put directly in the hands of those who need it. Increasingly, remittance investments are becoming the […]

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On October 18th, Western Union’s foundation arm announced a plan to mobilize support for the ebola response in West Africa: The Western Union Foundation is making a grant of US$25,000 to the International Medical Corps to support the organization’s response actions, which includes teams of trainers traveling in affected areas of Sierra Leone and Liberia to increase the […]

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Guy Samuel interviewed yours truly about our little remittances startup a few months back for his Masters thesis in International Relations at Institut Barcelona. Remit.ug is exemplary of the benefit that can be created when mobile telephony meets entrepreneurial spirit. Although the service is young, it shows high potential. Ruge and his associates have leveraged […]

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There are moments when being the owner of a struggling African agricultural startup can get overwhelming and it is all I can do to quit and run for the hills. Then there are the moments when I feel like a King of the Hill and my chest fills with pride. The latter moment occurs right […]

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I got this question in my email and thought the answer would make for a good post: I’m curious though, why hasn’t VC taken as strong of a hold in Africa? The last two decades it’s stretched to India, but I was curious to your opinion about it not completely taking off in Africa. A […]

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