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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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10/01/2013 by

Honey Care Beekeeper at work

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs or ANDE, recently released a case study (PDF) on Grameen Foundation Pioneer Fund investee and TaroWorks client, Honey Care Africa. The study shows how a multi-faceted, collaborative approach can empower poor farmers in ways that individual efforts alone cannot. Grameen Foundation and other ANDE members including, Root Capital, Open Capital Advisors, and Lundin Foundation provided complementary expertise that helped Honey Care Africa adapt and grow its business in Kenya. The promise of social enterprise will only be fully realized when supported by this kind of vibrant ecosystem.

07/10/2013 by

By Kimberly Davies. Cross-posted from Kiva.

Many industries view similar or related organizations as competitors. I’d like to think that the international development industry is unique in viewing others as collaborators. Since everyone in this industry is working toward a common goal—poverty alleviation—everyone is constantly looking for ways to share findings and learn from each other. Our biggest concern is reaching a common, hugely important mission. Since this desire outreaches any other concerns, proprietary material often does not exist. Discussing failures is encouraged. This may be counterintuitive to impressing funders, but luckily nowadays usually is not the case.

07/08/2013 by
Another use for monopoly money

Another use for monopoly money – creative market research activities. (Image credit: Olga Morawczynski)

By Kimberly Davies. Cross-posted from nextbillion.net.

Innovation. Building the product around the customer. Human-centered design.

All of these phrases are becoming more common in the development space. For many, these are new ideas people are seeking to understand and learn more about. For others, these have been words to live and breathe by for some time. So what is new?

06/25/2013 by

By Julie Peachey. Cross-posted from the Center for Creative Leadership

A colleague recently put me on to the notion of the ‘Power Distance Index’ or PDI.  I immediately was intrigued as I thought this might help explain some of what I had experienced while working on an organizational transformation project in the Philippines the past 3 years.  When I first started working with the organization, the project team that had been put together by the senior leaders would sit silently while visiting international consultants asked questions to prod feedback and input into the various tasks at hand.  Why wouldn’t they talk?  Was it English?  Filipinos would joke about getting a ‘nosebleed’ if they had to speak too much English.  Was it that they simply couldn’t think for themselves?  I racked my brain endlessly thinking of ways to get the local team to think critically, voice their ideas, and participate in the development of the program.

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06/22/2013 by Julie Peachey

Just over three years ago, I found myself in a developing country managing a project that would help about 350,000 poor people save money.

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