From the monthly archives:

September 2006

It is increasingly upheld that skills produced in large part through formal education are important to increasing productivity, economic competitiveness and growth. In spite of these benefits, there are challenges to the value placed on education by both individuals and societies. Unicons, on assignment from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Jeddah, conducted a study on the Effects of Education on Productivity Growth in the Arab region. Focusing on two countries – Sudan and Egypt - the study provided an analysis of the effects of education on productivity growth and highlighted the major challenges to enhancing productivity in relation to education. The study was instrumental in identifying ways and means for removing obstacles to education for the improvement of productivity in the IDB member countries from the Arab region. The study also provided tangible policy recommendations to the IDB for the purposes of linking increased education to productivity growth in its member countries. Unicons s ...

The "Formulation of a Vision for the Development and Expansion of the Microfinance Sector in Sudan" is a project commissioned by the Central Bank of Sudan (CBS) in recognition of the important role that a vibrant microfinance (MF) sector can play in the economic development of the country, particularly in terms of poverty reduction. In commissioning the work, the Central Bank chose UNICONS to undertake the formulation of the strategy. While playing the lead role in the implementation of the project, UNICONS collaborated with Environmental Quality International (EQI). The team spirit created in implementing the project combined Sudanese expertise with regional and international experience, ensuring that maximum benefit was made from adopting best practices, and adapting regional success stories to the Sudanese context. The primary objective of the project is to formulate a strategic framework that would enable the MF sector to play a lead role in: Supporting sustainable livelihoods by alleviating po ...