Header Menu

Grameen Foundation Insights

You are here

At Grameen Foundation, our goal is to spur innovation in the global movement to eliminate extreme poverty. Part of that work is to develop better solutions and share them with people like you.

On GF Insights, we share lessons learned from our leaders in the field, news about efforts to expand access to financial and information services for the poor, and how poverty-focused organizations are using data to improve the way they work.

Latest Posts

09/14/2016 by


Farmers like Theresia Wairuba can now receive and repay loans via mobile phones. (Photo: Riccardo Gangale/Grameen Foundation)

By Juan Guardado and Caitlin Burton

More than half a billion Africans are smallholder farmers, and many need financing to invest and grow their farms. However, less than 3% of credit goes to Africa’s agriculture sector; the unmet need for finance is estimated at $450 billion across the continent. By all appearances, farmers are too risky to be offered credit because their cash flows are irregular, their track record is unknown, they are too costly to serve, and their needs are not well understood.  

But our work in East Africa and Latin America is showing how digital innovations can overcome the challenges of rural financial inclusion: a farmer’s credit worthiness can be assessed, and agricultural financial services can be profitable and sustainable.  

09/07/2016 by


The Progress out of Poverty Index has helped change how the development industry measures progress.

By Julie Peachey, Director, Progress out of Poverty Index®, Innovations for Poverty Action

Now 193 nations have agreed to the Sustainable Development Goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. But to end poverty, you first have to be able to measure it. The Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®) is a unique tool developed for that purpose ten years ago. Now, the PPI makes a move that further augments its value to the global development community.

08/29/2016 by


More than 50 percent of farms in Colombia are small and family-owned. mSourcing helps connect farmers to larger, more profitable buyers.

By Jessica Murcia, Regional Officer, Latin America

When Grameen Foundation began working in Colombia in 2011, the country was still recovering from decades of internal armed conflict and drug violence. Farmers were starting to return to their abandoned homes, and agriculture emerged as a potential driver of change. Much of our work to help transform and develop rural communities has been in areas such as Antioquia, which were hard hit by the conflict. 

06/21/2016 by Steve Hollingworth


We help poor families strengthen resilience and raise incomes.

Grameen Foundation received the #12 ranking of 500 of the world’s leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Geneva-based NGO Advisor has published its rankings since 2012, providing the only global ranking of development nonprofits. Both this year and last, Grameen Foundation rated in the top 20 organizations. 

06/09/2016 by

Take the total amount of international financial assistance that goes from developed to developing countries in a year. Multiply by three. This is how much international migrants remit to their home countries annually.  As big as this number sounds, the total amount of money remitted is believed to be much higher due to the use of unrecorded informal financial transactions.

Pages