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Making Microfinance More Effective

Harvard Business Review

The Grameen model of microfinance gained a great deal of attention in the international development field after early data showed that it was associated with high repayment and low default. For the 2.5 A major challenge for international development efforts is determining which financial tools provide durable buffers against such setbacks.

Innovating The Brick-and-Mortar Injustice Infrastructure

Mills Scofield

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Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

She's spending the summer in Dhaka doing microfinance. CEO Critical thinking Culture Education Leadership Liberal Arts Management STEAM STEM

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

Mills Scofield

I think that microfinance is one of those rare game changing social initiatives that manages to use market forces to drive social change.

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.

The Conference That’s Trying to Reinvent How We Network

Harvard Business Review

Networking Managing yourself ArticleC2 Montréal’s outdoor plaza at night. Courtesy of C2. ” You and Your Team. And it worked.

The 3 Preconditions for an Entrepreneurial Society

Harvard Business Review

And if you need access to money, crowdfunding platforms and microfinance options make that easier than ever. Consider our means first.

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.

The Innovation Mindset in Action: Shantha Ragunathan

Harvard Business Review

Sasikala, a Block Development Officer (BDO), talked to the Kodapattinam villagers about microfinance , only Shantha, of all the villagers, saw the opportunity and took action. Undeterred, Shantha persisted until she persuaded the required number of people to sign up for the microfinance project. At six, Shantha lost her parents.

3 Things Driving Entrepreneurial Growth in Africa

Harvard Business Review

A few of these companies manage to transcend national boundaries and scale to a larger size. It has managed to combine international standards with African tastes. In addition, Neo has its own fuel station, which makes it easier to manage what can be a fitful infrastructure. Why the downbeat mood? Top of the Pyramid.

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

Harvard Business Review

Since at least the days of Joseph Schumpeter, the workings of entrepreneurship have captivated academics and business managers alike.

Scaling Up Without Losing Your Edge

Harvard Business Review

Of course, there are downsides to this approach, and management needs to be aware of them. Forty years ago, British economist E.F. It moves.

Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop

Harvard Business Review

We allowed microfinance and the venture capital industry the time and space to develop over a few decades. sanitation, housing, mobile banking).

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.

Making Sense of the Many Kinds of Impact Investing

Harvard Business Review

Ultimately, asset managers can develop a matrix with financial asset classes (e.g., Everyone agrees that impact investing is on the rise.

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Transforming Rural India Through Agricultural Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Watershed and natural resource management initiatives have resulted in increase in water table ranging from 3.5 Over 1,900 beneficiaries have established micro-enterprises for which microfinance has been facilitated. With a majority of its population living in villages, rural poverty is a major problem in India.

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

Harvard Business Review

But even more so, I believe that deep down, managers and executives feel that getting by on razor-thin margins is the morally correct way to do business among the poor. The microfinance industry is a rare D and E success story. It's more than just conventional wisdom. It's practically the law of the land. It was laid down by C.K.

Global Entrepreneurs Need New Funding Models

Harvard Business Review

In January, Oxfam announced it would team with the asset manager Symbiotics to launch the Small Enterprise Impact Investment Fund (SEIFF), based in Luxembourg. Some microfinance organizations are also moving out of the purely micro and toward larger lending. Johnson Foundation contributing $3 million to the facility.

Using Games to Get a Handle on Bank Risk

Harvard Business Review

Risk management processes don't — but they should. 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). Finance Research Risk management

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.