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Innovating The Brick-and-Mortar Injustice Infrastructure

Mills Scofield

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Learning from Microfinance's Woes

Harvard Business Review

A few weeks ago, I attended a lecture about microfinance, and got sucker-punched. Expecting to hear a litany of pros and cons about the business, and an exploration of good and bad models, I was instead greeted with a knockout punch: Microfinance doesn't work, at least not in the way we think it does. Nonprofit microfinance ANDE

Book Review: The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook

Chartered Management Institute

Rupert is the CEO of the foundation for International Community Assistance, a leading microfinance institution. The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook by Rupert Scofield is written to guide the aspiring social entrepreneur through the full range of activities of starting, building and running a social business. Review by David Stephens FCMI.

Under Fire, Microfinance Faces Falling Out of Favor

Harvard Business Review

Microfinance has come under fire in the past 18 months, triggered in part by SKS Microfinance's IPO. Critics complain that the institutions supporting microfinance have become too greedy, and many are using this as an argument to deeply regulate or, even more, cut support to microfinance operations. I hope not.

I'm a bank - well, with the help of Kiva.org!

Jason Womack

Intercontinental Ballistic Microfinance from Kiva Microfunds on Vimeo. That's right, I found out how to be my own bank! Will you join? link].

Lessons for Social Entrepreneurs from the Microfinance Crisis

Harvard Business Review

The microfinance industry has in just a few years gone from making headlines for the Nobel Peace Prize to stories about limited impact, allegedly abusive tactics, client suicides, government crackdowns, major lenders struggling with insolvency and the forcible removal of Mohammed Yunus as Managing Director of Grameen Bank.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

At the program's peak, 700 pumps covered 27,000 acres, with the loans constituting 9% of BRAC's total microfinance portfolio. million users.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

At the program's peak, 700 pumps covered 27,000 acres, with the loans constituting 9% of BRAC's total microfinance portfolio. million users.

Servant Leadership Observer ? November 2010

Modern Servant Leader

September 20, 2011 Servant Leadership. Monthly: September 2011. August 2011. July 2011. June 2011. May 2011.

Banking on Women and Girls: Key to Global Poverty Alleviation

Harvard Business Review

On this 100th International Women's Day , it is right to reflect on how women have become the heart of the microfinance industry. It is easy to forget that the initial motivation for microfinance roughly 30 years ago was, to a great extent, gender neutral. Microfinance is about much more than extending credit. fewer children.

Facebook Presence Is an Important Clue to a Social Venture's Future

Harvard Business Review

Which are likely to achieve significant social impact within an attractive business model? It turns out one of the best clues may be on Facebook.

It's Not All About Growth for Social Enterprises

Harvard Business Review

Successful examples of this approach are still rare; most people point to microfinance. The assumption is that company growth is good. Maybe.

President Obama Can Make Start-Up America Succeed

Harvard Business Review

Microfinance (Bangladesh), securitization of revenues (Saudi Arabia), and royalty-pay-back funding (Israel) were all invented overseas.

Using Games to Get a Handle on Bank Risk

Harvard Business Review

Popular games also tend to spawn communities who share information and strategies about how to overcome hurdles, suggesting that peer to peer education is also possible (this has been seen in microfinance). Bank marketing materials focus on the dreams, anxieties and goals of consumers. Risk management processes don't — but they should.

The Downside of Focusing on Women and Girls

Harvard Business Review

David McKenzie's research in Sri Lanka, Mexico, Brazil and Ghana has shown that urban male entrepreneurs typically earn far higher returns from microfinance than women do (in Sri Lanka average returns on capital for women were 0%, for men 10%). What could possibly be wrong with focusing aid programs on women and girls? Of course not. Gender

Funders Can Give More than Money

Harvard Business Review

The outlook is only marginally better for endowments , with returns on their invested capital hovering around 5 percent—as they did in 2011. It called for leveraging the profits of the global microfinance institution, and coupling them with private investments from the Allmans and their donor network.

It Takes a Village to Raise an Entrepreneur

Harvard Business Review

We've extensively analyzed the applications to the Echoing Green fellowship between 2006 and 2011, and built a rich dataset that allows us to rigorously study trends in the field of social enterprise. In 2010 and 2011, almost 50% of the applicants to Echoing Green relied on hybrid models, versus 37% in 2006. Social enterprise