Health shocks are the most prominent idiosyncratic shocks and stresses that low-income households face. Demand for health financing support is often higher than any other financial risk management solution, and demand far exceeds the supply. An improved and expanded choice of health financing options is needed to ensure low-income households have financial instruments to anticipate, respond to, and recover from health events without resulting in increased vulnerability and poverty traps. This will require patient and long-term investments from donors, investors, governments, health service actors and the financial services sector and will require thinking about health financing through an ecosystem lens, where demand generation for and supply of health services and health financing should be designed to intersect.
In midst of rural poverty, 1.3 million people gain access to financial services through women's networks
Low-income women equipped with new technology are driving change in financial access and gender roles in India and the Philippines. Women-based networks of community finance workers, organized by Grameen Foundation, have brought financial services to nearly 1.3 million people through hundreds of newly trained community finance workers.
March 07, 2019
That morning ritual loved by millions, a simple cup of coffee, may one day be a thing of the past. New research shows that 60% of the world’s 124 species of wild coffee face a mounting threat of extinction, mostly as a result of deforestation. This potential loss of genetic diversity would, in turn, limit the ways in which coffee could be adapted to a changing climate and disease threats.
Mobile technology, remote-sensing data, and big data are opening opportunities to integrate the world’s 500 million smallholder farmers into the broader agri-food system. In this report, Grameen Foundation, on behalf of Digital Development for Feed the Future analyzes current practices and new opportunities to bring fragmented data, technology, resources, and service providers together to support the farmer ecosystem—with the potential of bringing about another agricultural revolution.
October 16, 2018
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.
August 29, 2018 by Sybil Chidiac, Senior Regional Director at Grameen Foundation
At SEEP's recent Savings Groups 2018 Conference, Sybil Chidiac spoke at a session called "Reflecting to Improve: Looking Back on Savings Groups for Vulnerable Populations." The Gateway caught up with her after the conference to learn more about this topic.
We place women at the center of our work, creating the services, tools and networks they need to breakthrough complex and entrenched situations of poverty and hunger. The purpose of our partnerships--spanning financial services, health, and agriculture--is to create sustainable solutions that can be broadly implemented to improve the lives of women and families living in poor, rural communities.
Here you can find examples of that impact for select projects.
August 08, 2018
Ask any parent what they want for their children and you'll invariably get the same answer: a better life than they had. A better job, a nicer house, a healthy family, happy children. And most see education as the path for getting there.
For millions of people, a health crisis is also a financial crisis, plunging them more deeply in to poverty. We develop solutions that strengthen the access of women and families to health services, through health financing and education, and partnerships that breakthrough barriers to health in underserved communities.