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

Women in Benin.

03/08/2017 by Steve Hollingworth and Kathleen Stack

We take pride this International Women’s Day and celebrate, knowing each of us works daily to empower and embolden women to overcome poverty in their lives. This vision of a world free of hunger and poverty is only attainable if we continue to build opportunity for women.

FarmerLink helps agricultural specialists like Joraphel Tingcayao (l) get more information on farmers' needs.

02/07/2017 by Gigi Gatti and Tina Hipolito

This article originally appeared in Food Tank and is reprinted with permission.

If men are part of the “problem” for women’s access to and use of services—whether intentionally or un-intentionally—then they also have to be part of the solution.

01/19/2017 by Bobbi Gray

Many people consider the book, Men are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, by Dr. John Gray a classic. While it describes how men and women can better understand and relate to each other, it starts from the premise that men and women are simply from different planets. We don’t think or behave alike. We have different expectations for a relationship.

Grace, a widow in Ghana, takes care of 10 children by farming a small plot of land (Photo: Grameen Foundation/Nana Kofi Acquah)

11/18/2016 by Steve Hollingworth and Kathleen Stack

Last Tuesday, we spoke with supporters about plans for our newly combined organization, highlighting strategies to empower poor women and create a world without poverty and hunger. As our two organizations join forces, we were excited to take this opportunity to hear your questions and share our perspectives.  

10/23/2016 by Steve Hollingworth and Kathleen Stack

Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger are proud to announce that we have joined forces to form a single unified organization. 

Under the banner of Grameen Foundation, our mission is to enable the poor, especially women, to create a world without hunger and poverty.  

Farmers like Theresia Wairuba can now receive and repay loans via mobile phones. (Photo: Riccardo Gangale/Grameen Foundation)

09/14/2016 by Juan Guardado and Caitlin Burton

More than half a billion Africans are smallholder farmers, and many need financing to invest and grow their farms. However, less than 3% of credit goes to Africa’s agriculture sector; the unmet need for finance is estimated at $450 billion across the continent.

The Progress out of Poverty Index has helped change how the development industry measures progress.

09/07/2016 by Julie Peachey, Director, Progress out of Poverty Index®, Innovations for Poverty Action

Now 193 nations have agreed to the Sustainable Development Goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. But to end poverty, you first have to be able to measure it.

More than 50 percent of farms in Colombia are small and family-owned. mSourcing helps connect farmers to larger, more profitable buyers.

08/29/2016 by Jessica Murcia, Regional Officer, Latin America

When Grameen Foundation began working in Colombia in 2011, the country was still recovering from decades of internal armed conflict and drug violence. Farmers were starting to return to their abandoned homes, and agriculture emerged as a potential driver of change.

We help poor families strengthen resilience and raise incomes.

06/21/2016 by Steve Hollingworth

Grameen Foundation received the #12 ranking of 500 of the world’s leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Geneva-based NGO Advisor has published its rankings since 2012, providing the only global ranking of development nonprofits. Both this year and last, Grameen Foundation rated in the top 20 organizations.

In 2015 the volume of formally recognized international remittances exceeded $600 billion, three quarters of which went to the developing world. (Photo by Ben Lyon)

06/09/2016 by Karolina Walęcik

Take the total amount of international financial assistance that goes from developed to developing countries in a year. Multiply by three. This is how much international migrants remit to their home countries annually.  As big as this number sounds, the total amount of money remitted is believed to be much higher due to the use of unrecorded informal financial transactions.