Making Microfinance More Effective

Harvard Business Review

A major challenge for international development efforts is determining which financial tools provide durable buffers against such setbacks. 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

Innovating The Brick-and-Mortar Injustice Infrastructure

Mills Scofield

This week''s post is by Andy Posner , Co-Founder & Executive Director of Capital Good Fund ( CGF ), a non-profit microfinance organization targeting the root causes of poverty through innovative micro-loans and personal financial coaching.

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Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

These disciplines provide me with a tool kit to navigate any situation I am presented, and in my opinion, make me a better employee. She's spending the summer in Dhaka doing microfinance.

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What Makes Social Entrepreneurs Different

Harvard Business Review

Social entrepreneurs have also been some of the most attentive followers of the academic debate between the likes of Mark Pitt and Jonathan Murdoch about whether microfinance really helps reduce poverty.

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

Harvard Business Review

These colossal “beltway bandits” work everywhere from Afghanistan to Zambia and purport to offer expertise in everything from microfinance to micro-irrigation. Here are two surprising facts. First, the average American estimates that over 25% of the U.S.

Making Sense of the Many Kinds of Impact Investing

Harvard Business Review

Currently, impact can mean anything from venture investments in new health technologies to microfinance loans in Peru; from affordable housing in the US to renewable energy in India; from social impact bonds to private equity funds that create jobs.

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

These disciplines provide me with a tool kit to navigate any situation I am presented, and in my opinion, make me a better employee. She's spending the summer in Dhaka doing microfinance.

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Global Entrepreneurs Need New Funding Models

Harvard Business Review

And at Harvard, the Kennedy School of Government's Entrepreneurial Finance Lab is examining whether psychometric screening tools that judge for "entrepreneurial ability" and "honesty" could, when paired with sales contracts, convince more banks to lend to entrepreneurs. Some microfinance organizations are also moving out of the purely micro and toward larger lending.

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. On December 2-3, the United Nations will host a seminar in Sierra Leone on "Strategies and Lessons Learned on Sustainable Reintegration and Job Creation: What Works in West Africa?" It will bring together government, civil society, and private sector representatives from Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Using Games to Get a Handle on Bank Risk

Harvard Business Review

The success of platforms like Mint.com suggests that there are large numbers of consumers who would like to have better control and tracking of their finances, but are waiting for simple and practical tools to do so. 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).