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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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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.  

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. 

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