Grameen Foundation Insights

The global movement to end poverty and hunger depends on the constant exchange of experience and ideas. That’s why we are eager to share our experiences with people like you.

Our Insights blog shares lessons learned from leaders in the field; examines efforts to bring resources and services to poor communities; and reviews how poverty-focused organizations are using data for greater impact.

Latest Posts

With encouragement, more women are learning to use digital financial tools to manage their money and connect to key government services.

12/14/2018 by Jessie Tientcheu, Vice President Global Program Operations, Grameen Foundation

It has been a notable year for women’s economic empowerment. Women’s entrepreneurship is rising globally, with the strongest growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. Ghana has the highest percentage of women business owners globally, according to the latest MasterCard Index.

Sindhu, a Grameen Mitra, her husband, and daughter.


Earlier this month, supporters from the global financial services firm, Capital Group, joined Grameen Foundation to see our work in India. There, in the dead center of this country of 1.3 billion people, we met Sindhu.  This is her story.

Women are the bedrock of agriculture and produce most of the food in rural communities.

10/16/2018 by Lauren Hendricks

Global hunger is near a ten-year high. Almost 821 million people—one out of every nine persons—are chronically hungry and roughly one-third of women of childbearing age suffer from anemia, a form of malnutrition that heightens risks of maternal and infant mortality and saps energy. In Asia, 515 million are hungry, in Africa, 256.5 million.

Digital data can be transformational for poor communities, if managed responsibly.

10/02/2018 by Steve Hollingworth

How much is your personal data worth? It depends on whom you ask. Last year, advertisers paid Facebook $40 billion to promote their products to us using that very data.

Farmers from Kasapin, Ghana and their fermenting cocoa beans

09/27/2018 by Bobbi Gray

Defining a farmer is not a simple task

Who’s your farmer? This sounds like a simple question for any agricultural intervention, but it is fraught with complexity, especially for those of us who are trying to support women through agricultural programs. Why is that and why does it matter?