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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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04/25/2016 by Steve Hollingworth

Grameen Foundation Fellow Neil Barsch collects data from a sari-sari shop owner in the Philippines for a project that will allow microfinance clients to repay loans via mobile phones at these local shops.

Last month, I had the opportunity to speak with dozens of Grameen Foundation supporters and volunteers during a live web chat. As part of the Grameen Family, you inspire me, and your questions point to issues at the core of our mission.

You asked: Is it truly possible to reach the poorest of the poor with financial services delivered over mobile phones? What will Grameen Foundation tackle next? Why do we emphasize women, and how can we ensure that women are in the forefront of, rather than left behind, the new wave of digital development? 

And that’s just the beginning. Your questions also touched on the role of culture and language in using digital technology for development, and strategies for financial inclusion going forward.

02/24/2016 by Julie Peachey

In early 2014, Grameen Foundation made several commitments, as part of the Microcredit Summit Campaign’s 100 Million Project, towards achievement of the collective goal of helping 100 million families escape poverty.

02/03/2016 by Steve Hollingworth

Clients at Sonata Microfinance in India, where Grameen Foundation is helping to develop digital loan repayment services.

In our increasingly connected but still profoundly divided world, global income inequality calls out for innovations that benefit the world’s poorest people. In many cases, such innovations start with getting vital financial, agricultural and health information and services to the millions of women and smallholder farmers who make up the majority of the world’s poor. 

01/11/2016 by

Today we’re pleased to announce the release of Measuring the Impact of Microfinance: Looking to the Future, the third in a series of papers commissioned by Grameen Foundation. This series was initiated in 2005 to survey and contextualize the available evidence on the impact of microfinance. Microfinance and the broader field of financial inclusion have changed considerably since then. 

In this latest paper, author Katheleen Odell finds the research shows overall positive impacts of microloans (repeatedly) and savings programs and notes the early promising signs from mobile payment systems and insurance. Equally important, she calls for research to catch up to the new realities of financial inclusion programs, which increasingly offer bundled services instead of the single solutions researchers typically focus on. 

12/07/2015 by Alex Counts

Alex Counts (orange shirt) with Grameen Foundation staff and clients in Uganda in 2012

This is my final full month as an employee of Grameen Foundation, and this will be my last blog post in that capacity. I look forward to serving as the organization’s founder in an active and contributing volunteer capacity, supporting Steve Hollingworth, the newly appointed president and CEO, as well as our remarkable staff team, board and volunteer corps.