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Charity Technology Trust has developed a new chip-and-pin terminal for charity shops.

The terminal will allow charities to avoid the high start-up costs and rental rates of commercial card payment facilities and enable them to process all credit and debit card transactions using an existing phone line. The service includes free installation and training.

The Investment Climate Facility, a fund to help create a network of entrepreneurs in Africa, last week set out a new strategic framework to encourage growth and provide employment opportunities across the continent. The facility has also appointed Omari Issa, who previously held senior management positions at the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank, as chief executive.

Hackney Community Transport, a social enterprise providing bus services in east London, has opened a fourth red bus route in the capital. The W13 will operate in the Waltham Forest area.

The Fulcrum Challenge, a Dorset charity that organises volunteering placements for young people in developing countries, has had a website revamp by local IT firm Innovit. Fulcrum has suffered from declining numbers of youth volunteers and hopes that the new technology provided by Innovit will enable it to launch more effective web recruitment campaigns.

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