Alex Counts is President, CEO and founder of Grameen Foundation.
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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.
Jason Hahn is the Business Development Manager for ICT Innovation at the Grameen Foundation in Seattle.
UPDATE: 04/06/2011 We just released a case study on using Grameen Foundation's Progress out of Poverty Index™ (PPI™) with PT Ruma to help them ensure they reach their goal of working with the poor and poorest.
Todd Bernhardt is Director of Marketing and Communications for Grameen Foundation.
As readers of this blog may know, several weeks ago the Bank of Bangladesh (BoB) informed microfinance pioneer Professor Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, that he was dismissed from his post as Managing Director of Grameen Bank, which he founded in 1983. It claimed that he was serving illegally in his position because it had never formally approved his appointment when the 12-person Grameen Bank Board of Directors – which has three government-appointed directors on it, including the chairman – voted unanimously in 1999 to exempt Prof. Yunus from the mandatory retirement age of 60.
In fact, the BoB had asked the Grameen Bank Board in 1999 for an explanation of Prof. Yunus’s appointment. The GB Board promptly replied, and the subject was never brought up by the Bangladesh Bank again – including during its annual audits of Grameen Bank in the ensuing years. Why then, has it only now brought up the age of Prof. Yunus as an issue, after more than 11 years of silence about it?
People are at the heart of microfinance — both as clients and as frontline workers. Grameen Foundation's Human Capital Center (HCC) helps to ensure that the people really making microfinance happen in the field get the support and guidance they need to work to the best of their abilities. In a guest piece for the Center for Financial Inclusion's blog, Peg Ross, HCC's director, discusses the challenges facing front-line workers and our plans to work with socially-focused microfinance institutions in India to help that sector rebuild.
Lydia Namubiru is a Partnership Analyst working with Grameen Foundation's Community Knowledge Worker program in Uganda.
For a long time, Charles Mukonyi of Gamatui parish in Kapchorwa had a problem with his chickens – the hens died off soon after hatching new ones. Three months ago, he was visited by his neighbor Tabitha Salimo, a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) who told him that she had a phone that has huge amounts of agricultural knowledge to answer many of the problems farmers face. Naturally, the first thing Charles asked about was the hen problem. Tabitha checked her phone and informed Charles that his hens were likely to be catching diseases from their predecessors by sitting on the same hay when incubating eggs. She advised him change the hay for every newly incubating hen. He saw the wisdom of that and adopted the practice. He has not lost a hen since!