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

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.

05/20/2014 by Alex Counts

Grameen Foundation and Citi Foundation co-hosted a two-day workshop in Mumbai India, to discuss how practitioners could apply user centered design in developing financial tools for the world’s poor. The event, which was held May 7-8, 2014, was sponsored by MasterCard and CGAP, with ThinkPlace Foundation and CGAP serving as content partners.

05/13/2014 by Alex Counts

I have watched many people set out to start something completely new as a way to increase social impact. I have even started a few such ventures – such as Grameen Foundation – myself. It takes a lot to launch a successful start-up, including courage and, dare I say, cojones.


Grameen Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have released a new policy brief on ICT in agriculture for the upcoming World Summit of the Information Society review and conference (WSIS+10) to be held in June 2014.


By Nicole Herman, Communications Officer, Bankers without Borders

04/25/2014 by Alex Counts

The movement to end poverty lost a great friend and champion earlier this month when Margaret Crow passed away in Dallas, Texas. Mrs.


By Kimberly Davies, Program Officer, Financial Services

You’ve finally gotten that new savings product off the ground and into people’s hands. They sign up in droves—and then they go silent.


You know mobile money for the unbanked is getting hot when there’s a standing-room-only crowd at the Mobile World Congress.