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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

Guest Post: An Entrepreneur's Thoughts on Market Incentives & Foreign Aid

Mills Scofield

You will be excited and optimistic about the passion, compassion, thought, analysis, and implementation of this generation. years.

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.

Entrepreneurs: You're More Important Than Your Business Plan

Harvard Business Review

Applying a formal spreadsheet-type analysis to an early stage concept can be " disastrous." "Would you take a look at my business plan?".

Funders Can Give More than Money

Harvard Business Review

And while some foundations bucked the trend and made double-digit investment gains in recent years, the average foundation in Chronicle's analysis netted out 14.9 It called for leveraging the profits of the global microfinance institution, and coupling them with private investments from the Allmans and their donor network.