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Financial services for people who lack access to money

 

Nonprofits

Aspiration: A Tool for Transformational Change

Setting aspirational goals can inspire more people to get involved in your cause—and meaningful milestones can keep them engaged.

By Doug Hattaway & Tess Hart | 2 | Oct. 8, 2013
 

Microfinance

Microfinance and Ethics: Three Pivotal Questions

An exploration of questions central to the microfinance debate.

By Asad Mahmood | 4 | Jul. 1, 2013
 

Environment

Resilience Meets Disaster Economics

Investing to stop disasters before they start can save lives and money.

By Neal Keny-Guyer | Feb. 6, 2013
 

Measuring Social Impact

How to Ask the Right Questions

Who is the target population for a microcredit intervention? Your answer will depend largely on where you sit: Academics and microfinance institutions will be interested in different groups of people.

By Jenny Stefanotti | Jan. 25, 2013
 

Economic Development

Imagine Trying to Get a Loan Without a Financial Identity

InVenture enables people in India and Kenya to send their financial data via SMS and get a simple financial overview of their monetary lives.

By Esha Chhabra | 1 | Dec. 21, 2012
 
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Microfinance

Remixing Microfinance

Microfinance has tended to grow by faithful replication of well-established models; it is now time to experiment with hybrid models that bring together the best features of each.

By Ignacio Mas | 1 | Oct. 30, 2012
 

Economic Development

Development Controversy a Sign of Sophistication

Public debate about two prominent poverty-alleviation programs shows that over the past 15 years international development has become much more scientific.

By Dean Karlan & Caroline Fiennes | Aug. 7, 2012
 

Microfinance

Social Enterprises and Growth: Lessons from the Microcredit Debate

Ambition to scale makes MFIs more financially driven.

By Ignacio Mas and David del Ser | 1 | Jul. 30, 2012
 
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Global Issues

Rio+20: Is a $513 Billion Down Payment Enough?

Advances in reducing poverty, environmental protection, and other global issues threaten the status quo—a report from Rio+20.

By Jigar Shah | Jul. 2, 2012
 
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Social Entrepreneurship

Mainstreaming Gender Lens Investing

Investing in women is an opportunity, not a constraint—and one that can accelerate change for everyone.

By Jackie VanderBrug | 15 | Jun. 12, 2012