Mobile Accord, Beyonic Partnership Targets NGOs


The Government of Africa’s youngest nation is better placed to develop urban environments that are favorable to older persons, check HelpAge International said Thursday while marking the International Day of Older Persons in Juba.

Help Age International helps older people claim their rights, capsule challenge discrimination, cost and overcome poverty so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives.

This year’s 25th anniversary celebrations of International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) has been marked in anticipation of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to be held in 2016.

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According to HelpAge International, it will focus not only on the impact of the new urban environment on older persons, but also the impact of older persons on the new urban environment.

Dr Prafulla Mishra, Regional Director of HelpAge International-East, West and Central Africa has said that consistent with the phenomenon of urbanization, the number of older persons is increasing most rapidly in urban areas of developing countries.

“The combined effect of both phenomena means that the number of people over 60 living in cities may grow to over 900 million by 2050 – making up a quarter of the total urban population in developing countries,” she added.

According to the UN, the move of people worldwide to cities is happening at a record pace, with 6 out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030.

“Older people want to feel part of our towns. Before, people used to go to towns to work and later retire back in their villages. But things have changed and a significant number of people are now retiring to live their entire lives in the urban centers,” Mr Ekubazgi Fesshaye Kahssu, Emergency Program Manager | Country Rep. South Sudan said.

“Urban centers must cease being seen as only decanting sites. They must now be planned to cater for a growing number of ageing populations who consider towns as their sole homes,” he added.

After and before the independence of South Sudan, housing problem had been among the hot issues that have been facing the poor citizens in Juba.

HelpAge International lauds the tremendous efforts being done by the Government of South Sudan to address housing issues and making better the urban environment especially in areas such as Amarat, Gudele, Munuki, Atlabara, Nyakuron and Rock city.

However, it notes that something should be done to ensure that the older persons, who choose to live their entire lives in Juba and other towns may live in dignity.

According to the Non Governmental Organisation, well planned cities are more likely to provide income generating and education opportunities, in addition to housing and urban environments that are more accessible and safe for older persons, including the incorporation of age-friendly features in public facilities.

This includes access to affordable, reliable, safe and physically accessible transportation, which is one of the cornerstones of older persons’ participation, independence and social inclusion.
Kabale chief magistrate court has sentenced two workers of Gateway Bus Company to 5 years in jail for alleged theft of $31, for sale 196  [about Shs 110 million]belonging to a Kabale based Tycoon Bernard Turyasingura in 2013.

Kabale State Attorney Batson Baguma told court that Abdul Aziz Faidah 33, a Gateway bus driver and Bashir Barugahare 28, a turn man of the same company  on 10th July 2013 were handed $31,196 by Turyasingura -the owner of Manhattan Hotel – to deliver it to someone in Kampala for exchange but this was not done.

In the judgment that read by Magistrate Martins Kirya on behalf of the Kabale Chief Magistrate Agatonica Mbabazi Ahimbisibwe, the court deduced that State had provided sufficient evidence incriminating the two.

He directed them to repay the money on top of serving the 5 year jail term.

Mobile payments firm Beyonic, treat has signed a partnership with Mobile Accord in a deal that will increase its footprint across Africa with a focus on Non Governmental Organizations.

Beyonic, cost operating in Uganda and Kenya says the deal with developer Mobile Accord will build its relationship with leading mobile carriers to bring the company’s platform to 25 additional countries.

The firm is already integrated with prominent mobile money systems including MTN and Airtel in Uganda and Safaricom’s m-Pesa in Kenya.

Beyonic’s online platform enables businesses to quickly deploy, track and manage 2-way mobile money payments over multiple mobile carriers with one, easy-to-use system.

According to the mobile payments firm,for NGOs and businesses working in emerging markets, mobile payments enable fast, secure money transfers and reduce losses associated with cash payments.

However, until now, businesses making mobile payments needed to connect individually to every carrier they wanted to send money through, a time-consuming process for organizations that are operating in multiple countries.

Beyonic’s cross-carrier solution allows businesses to manage payments in multiple countries through one intuitive platform.

“For those working in emerging markets, cash payments are riddled with security and logistical issues.  Beyonic’s system allows NGOs and businesses to utilize mobile money for expenses with very little set-up, and we are excited to expand this important tool across Africa,” Luke Kyohere, the CEO of Beyonic said.

“Using Beyonic’s online interface, companies can manage payments to employees, aid beneficiaries, and vendors.  The ability to make and track payments across any network opens up mobile money to businesses who previously did not have the resources to connect to every carrier in a country,” he added.

It has been used by organizations including Save the Children, Educate! and Innovations for Poverty Action to reduce the need for cash payments and increase operational efficiency.



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