The Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation participates to the 2022 High Commissioner’s Dialogue on the Protection Challenges

On December 7, Violette Cubier, in charge of technical assistance at the Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation, participated in the plenary session of the UNHCR’s “High Commissioner’s Dialogue on the Protection Challenges of 2022” event in Geneva. This was an opportunity to discuss the role of development cooperation in advancing protection, inclusion and solutions for refugees and stateless persons as well as for host communities.

Participants were able to discuss how to improve development cooperation in contexts of displacement and launch concrete, tangible, multi-stakeholder initiatives to address the challenges identified.

For the Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation, this event was an opportunity to present and promote its financial inclusion programme for refugees and host communities in Uganda, in cooperation with UNHCR and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The programme aims to promote access to credit, savings and other financial and non-financial services for refugees and their host communities.

The programme has been hailed as an “exemplary initiative for the sustainable economic inclusion of refugees”.

For more information on the programme, click here.

Advans Côte d’Ivoire: The institution celebrates its 10th anniversary with a string of awards

Advans Côte d’Ivoire celebrated its 10th anniversary on March 23, 2022 in Abidjan. The ceremony took place in the presence of about 80 guests.

Founded in 2012, Advans Côte d’Ivoire, a partner of the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation, currently operates through a network of 22 branches, employing over 650 people. The institution currently serves more than 160,000 clients with outstanding loans of more than CFAF 65 billion.

True to its successful mission, Advans Côte d’Ivoire continues to help small businesses grow by providing sustainable access to simple and adaptable financial products and services. It does so by leveraging innovative services, proximity distribution models and the digitization of its product offering.

For its innovative digitization of payment and savings for cocoa farmers and cooperatives solution, Advans Côte d’Ivoire received the 2018 European Microfinance Prize “Financial Inclusion through Technology”. Named “Best Financial Institution for Credit Services” for the third year in a row and “Best Financial Institution for Agricultural Finance” for the first time, the institution continues to win awards from the African Consumer Label.

In ten years, Advans Côte d’Ivoire has developed a wide range of products tailored to the realities and expectations of disadvantaged populations.

For more information on Advans Côte d’Ivoire, click here.