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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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03/12/2013 by

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Imagine you’re a program officer working with teams of field staff, some located in remote villages. Though your colleagues in the field make almost daily visits to see clients, it sometimes takes weeks for you to get the data, leaving you ill-prepared to manage problems or even spot them before they erupt.

For countless social sector organizations, this is a major obstacle that affects their entire chain of operation, from how they manage supply inventories and the work of field staff to how quickly they can prepare up-to-the-minute reports for senior executives and funders.

It can be especially problematic for poverty-focused organizations that work in very rural, hard-to-reach areas, where they are expected to manage their data processes often without reliable access to electricity and cell phone reception.

03/12/2013 by

Data Analysis
Poor women and other vulnerable groups in India need a broad range of financial services in order to save for their families' future.

The world’s largest democracy is the new testing ground for what could be the largest plan for putting cash directly into the hands of the poorest people. Cash transfer programs have been successful in Latin America and parts of Africa, but India could be the best example of how to deliver these programs on a large scale.

03/08/2013 by

Shannon Maynard, Vice President, Chief Talent and Knowledge Officer, Grameen Foundation On this International Women’s Day, I find myself struggling to celebrate the progress that women have made in all facets of society, while acknowledging that more than 3 billion people in the world – the majority of them women – still live on less than the cost of my morning cup of coffee. This sobering fact puts into perspective the Marissa Mayer debate on the problems of privilege that I face as a working mother.  Flexible work schedules, telecommuting, affordable child care – how about a livelihood, access to a phone, and prenatal health care? To bring greater awareness to the magnitude of global poverty and the daily struggles that a vast majority of women in the world face, I am taking the $2.50 Challenge along with a growing number of donors, volunteers, and supporters of Grameen Foundation.

03/04/2013 by

By Sean Paavo Krepp, Uganda Country Director

02/04/2013 by

Originally posted on our AppLab Blog. Fredrick Ndiwalana is Relationship Manager, Applab Money Accelerator, and Ali Ndiwalana is Research Lead, AppLab Money Incubator, at Grameen Foundation Uganda.

Members of a VSLA in Western Uganda learn about how to access market information on a mobile phone.