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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

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

They are leading global airline, chemical, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and financial companies, among others. Not exactly resounding support.

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The Microfinance Contagion Scenario

Harvard Business Review

So far, the Andhra Pradesh (AP) microfinance crisis has largely been viewed as a local issue, with relatively little impact beyond AP or India's borders. Other microfinance crises, in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Bosnia, have not spread beyond the borders of a particular country. That's exactly what's happening.

What Makes Social Entrepreneurs Different

Harvard Business Review

Entrepreneurship Global business Social enterpriseCommercial entrepreneurs are different. They're out to standardize a business model.

How Large NGOs Are Using Data to Transform Themselves

Harvard Business Review

A critical part was adapting a proven model in a related field: microfinance. Frontline Data as Wake Up Call. Using Models Proven Elsewhere.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

If you believe the hype, technology is going to help us end global poverty. But I'm hardly a naysayer when it comes to tech. million users.

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.

Entrepreneurship Needs to Be a Bigger Part of U.S. Foreign Aid

Harvard Business Review

Here are two surprising facts. First, the average American estimates that over 25% of the U.S. federal budget goes to foreign aid. That is wildly off.

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Have the Most Impact

Harvard Business Review

That year, two global headlines raised the profile of social enterprise: Mohammed Yunus and the Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace prize. Social enterprise in the U.S. is a fast-growing, but fragmented, movement. What happened in 2006? And is this kind of rapid growth good news? In the broader U.S. Take the issue of youth unemployment.

The 3 Preconditions for an Entrepreneurial Society

Harvard Business Review

This post is one in a series of perspectives by presenters and participants in the 8th Global Drucker Forum. Consider our means first.

Global Entrepreneurs Need New Funding Models

Harvard Business Review

Entrepreneurship seems to have become the silver bullet for a job-scarce, unemployment-saddled global economy still struggling to shake off recession. and] a serious constraint on efforts to promote strong and sustainable global recovery.". Entrepreneurship Finance Global business SEIFFFurther research is underway now.

Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop

Harvard Business Review

An estimated 250 funds are actively raising capital in a market that the Global Impact Investing Network estimates at $25 billion.

Making Sense of the Many Kinds of Impact Investing

Harvard Business Review

Everyone agrees that impact investing is on the rise. Faced with this uncertainty, most investors have chosen one of three options. Type of impact.

Servant Leadership Observer ? November 2010

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Peer-to-Peer Microfinance: A Sustainable Solution to Poverty. Leading Global Teams. Global. Twitter. LINKEDIN. Leadership. Other.

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

They are leading global airline, chemical, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and financial companies, among others. Not exactly resounding support.

Businesses Serving the Poor Need to Get Over Their Unease About Profit

Harvard Business Review

The microfinance industry is a rare D and E success story. Microfinance banks, which provide desperately needed loans to low-income consumers, draw mainstream investors because of their attractive returns. Global business NIMIt's more than just conventional wisdom. It's practically the law of the land. It was laid down by C.K.

The Smart Way to Make Profits While Serving the Poor

Harvard Business Review

Solae, a global manufacturer of soy protein, was able to double gross margins by getting repeat customers to use their own refillable containers when they bought bulk protein. Global business StrategyAny business that starts off needing a 30% or higher penetration rate is built on a shaky foundation. Localize and bundle base products.

Funders Can Give More than Money

Harvard Business Review

Six years ago, David and Donna Allman approached Opportunity with an idea that fell outside our traditional microfinance model: to build a Community Economic Development (CED) program in Nicaragua. We know that microfinance alone will not break the poverty cycle. percent lower than its value in 2007. Finance Innovation Nonprofit CED

How to Create Youth Jobs After Conflicts

Harvard Business Review

Upon graduation, the governments, nonprofits, or (more recently) microfinance companies give them loans to buy tools and opens shops. He recently edited Nanotechnology and Microelectronics: Global Diffusion, Economics and Policy. Global business Social enterprise Social entrepreneurshipYet, there must be a solution.

President Obama Can Make Start-Up America Succeed

Harvard Business Review

Infuse Start-Up America with a global perspective. Opportunities and markets are global. Bravo President. Bravo White House.

It Takes a Village to Raise an Entrepreneur

Harvard Business Review

Commercial microfinance organizations are perhaps the best-known hybrid organizations, but social entrepreneurs now use hybrid models to address a diverse set of social issues that includes hunger, healthcare, economic development, environment, education, housing, culture, law, and politics. Social enterprise

The Downside of Focusing on Women and Girls

Harvard Business Review

As Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo write in their forthcoming Poor Economics , if we want to make an impact on global poverty we have to stop painting the poor, women or men, as cartoon characters. What could possibly be wrong with focusing aid programs on women and girls? And that's exactly what we do see. Of course not. Gender