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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.

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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.

Radha (pictured with her son) and her family were able to expand their vegetable business with a Margdarshak loan. The additional services will help her family sustain their business and pay for expenses when they are sick and unable to work.

06/07/2016 by Sharada Ramanathan

Editor's note: This is the fifth post in a series on Grameen Foundation India’s journey with an Indian microfinance institution, Margdarshak Financial Services Pvt.

In India, Grameen Foundation works with Oxigen Services India to help clients of Sonata Microfinance repay microloans via mobile phones.

06/03/2016

Editor’s Note: When Grameen Foundation president Steve Hollingworth held his first live chat, we simply ran out of time to address all the questions we received. In this blog series, Last Mile DigitalDev, our country directors and program experts in digital financial services, mobile agriculture and mobile health are responding to those questions.

Larry Reed and Professor Muhammad Yunus addressing the Leadership Council at the 18th Microcredit Summit in Abu Dhabi (2016).

05/12/2016 by Alex Counts

When I sat down with Larry Reed a few weeks back and learned of the significant changes in store for the Microcredit Summit Campaign, two decades of memories were stirred up.

Over the last year, Grameen Foundation has helped Margdarshak transition to its new role as a business correspondent (or agent) of a commercial bank.

05/06/2016 by Raunak Kapoor and Sharada Ramanathan

Editor's note: This is the fourth post in a series on Grameen Foundation India’s journey with an Indian microfinance institution, Margdarshak Financial Services Pvt. Ltd, as we help it transform from an organization focused on credit alone into a sustainable and scalable business correspondent of a commercial bank.

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