Note: This article was originally published exclusively by Business Standard (India) in its edition dated August, 21, 2014 and is reprinted here with permission.
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.
In recent announcements, the government of India has unveiled ambitious financial inclusion plans of which the Business Correspondent (BC) model is a key piece. Over the next several weeks, Grameen Foundation India (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Grameen Foundation) will post a series of blogs that discuss this model and how to make it work for promoting financial inclusion in India.
08/07/2014 by Alex Counts
Grameen Foundation president Alex Counts participated in a discussion on "lean research" hosted by the Fletcher School at Tufts University and the D-Lab at MIT on August 1. This post, which first appeared on his external blog, captures his closing remarks and his call to "demystify research and present it in
Mobile financial services can help Village Savings and Loan Associations in Uganda manage their members' money more securely
by Joel Muhumuza, Business Analyst, Grameen Foundation
As part of our AppLab Money India initiative, Grameen Foundation is collaborating with ThinkPlace to design a new suite of loan products for clients of Grameen Koota, a microfinance institution in Bangalore.
07/30/2014 by Alex Counts
As a result of a complex combination of unwarranted attacks and self-inflicted wounds, the microfinance sector in India experienced a crisis starting in late 2010 after many years of strong growth and recognition for its contribution to poverty alleviation and financial inclusion.
Camilla Nestor, Grameen Foundation’s Senior Vice President for Global Solutions, teaches a financial inclusion course at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
07/03/2014 by Alex Counts
Grameen Foundation president Alex Counts (pictured in blue shirt, second from the right) tours J/P HRO's projects in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
06/10/2014 by Alex Counts
A little over a year ago, Susan Davis, and former Chairwoman of Grameen Foundation said to me, “In the wake of 9/11, there was a lot of talk about developing partnerships with progressive groups in the Middle East, but few actually took the risk and did anything. Grameen Foundation took a big risk and did jump in. At the time, microfinance was tiny there.
Camilla Nestor, Grameen Foundation’s Senior Vice President for Global Solutions, teaches a financial inclusion course at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. As part of her course, students submitted blog posts that were evaluated by professors and Grameen Foundation’s communications staff. The first of the two winning posts is featured here.