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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.

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11/23/2015 by

This past summer, Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ and Grameen Foundation India held a forum to explore how mobile phones and 3G technology are helping to promote financial inclusion in India. Participants represented various stakeholders including microfinance institutions, commercial banks, donors, investors and technology service providers.

This recap shares insights provided by Mr. Krishnan Dharmarajan, executive director of the Center for Digital Financial Inclusion, and a panel discussion led by Gigi Gatti, Grameen Foundation's Asia director and country manager for the Philipplines. It also includes highlights from a showcase of Microlekha, an end-to-end MFI mobile technology application supported by the Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ Connecting India to Disconnect Poverty initiative.

11/13/2015 by Alex Counts

Current and former Grameen Foundation staff and board members, as well as friends pay special tribute to Alex Counts

Below is a reconstruction of our founder Alex Counts’ remarks at our farewell gala for him on November 5, 2015. The event raised $447,000 to support our mission and poverty-fighting work, and donations are still gratefully accepted. Alex has added a few things inadvertently omitted from his spoken remarks. The entire after-dinner program, including opening remarks by Grameen Foundation Board Chairman Bob Eichfeld, closing remarks by Vice-Chair Peter Cowhey, and several personal tributes can be viewed online thanks to Joel Nelson, a friend of Alex’s whose wife Donna was among those offering tributes.

11/12/2015 by

Female clients of Sonata learn how to repay microloans via mobile phones instead of in person.

By Preeti Anand and Sharada Ramanathan

Grameen Foundation India, in partnership with Oxigen Services India Pvt. Ltd and Sonata Finance Pvt. Ltd., is using a human-centered design approach to deliver mobile financial services and education to Sonata’s female microfinance clients in Uttar Pradesh. 

10/23/2015 by

With the business correspondent model accounting for an increasing proportion of overall business for small to mid-sized MFIs in India, there is growing interest in using technology to rapidly expand this channel.  

10/19/2015 by

Idrissa Kamara receiving the first vaccine in the EBOVAC-Salone trial in Kambia, Sierra Leone (Photo: Alexandra Donaldson, LSHTM)

By Monica Amponsah, Regional Program Manager, EBODAC Project, Grameen Foundation

Though it no longer dominates news headlines, those of us living in West Africa can still recall the fear and terror that rang in our hearts when the word ‘Ebola’ was spoken at the height of the epidemic. It’s not a new disease—and that knowledge has rallied the world and us to search for a way to prevent this type of decimation again.