Christopher Tan, Grameen Foundation's regional CEO for Asia, discusses how providing financial services and information via mobile phones can help smallholder coconut farmers in the Philippines become more resilient and economically secure.
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Grameen Foundation discuss regulatory issues that must be addressed to push mobile microfinance forward and the next big opportunity for mobile network operators, third-party platform providers and financial institutions. This is the eight and final post in our Next Billion series on what it takes for institutions that provide microfinance services to go digital.
Between 2008 and 2013, Grameen Foundation helped CARD Bank to open 480,000 new savings accounts through its microsavings initiative. In this article, Julie Peachey, director of Grameen Foundation's social peformance management team, discusses the findings of a study designed to improve savings habits of these new clients through behavioral science. The study was conducted by ideas42.
Speaking at the 2015 Social Business Day in Bangladesh, Alex Counts noted that many countries are still keen to adopt microcredit and social business, in spite of recent attacks on impact.
Grameen Foundation's global director of financial services, Lisa Kienzle, is featured in a Guardian round-up of key points from its online Q&A on building financial systems in the global south. She highlights the need for alternative forms of ID to bring poorer people into the system.
Airtel Uganda won an ICT Development Award at the Uganda Communications Commission's annual awards ceremony for Airtel Weza, which was developed with Grameen Foundation and Plan Uganda.
Lisa Kienzle, Grameen Foundation's global director of financial services, joined panelists from the Asian Development Bank, Care International UK, the Inter-American Development Bank and the MasterCard Foundation to discuss what policymakers, regulators, NGOs and the private sector can do encourage building banks that are secure, transparent, and work for low-income consumers. The discussion is in the comment section.
Though many microfinance institutions (MFIs) operate in impoverished areas, they often have little or no objective poverty data on the clients they have reached. Grameen Foundation discusses how institutions can integrate the Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®) into their roll-out of digital financial services. This is the seventh post in our Next Billion series on what it takes for institutions that provide microfinance services to go digital.
Grameen Foundation discusses the importance of change management and working closely with employees when financial institutions adopt mobile microfinance services. This is the sixth post in our Next Billion series on what it takes for institutions that provide microfinance services to go digital.
David Hutchful, director of innovations, explains how Grameen Foundation is using technology to help improve health care for pregnant women and mothers of infants in Ghana. (His interview begins at 20:16.)
Emily Tucker, CEO of TaroWorks, a Grameen Foundation subsidiary, discusses how organizations that work with the poor can use real-time data collected via mobile devices to test and improve their services and make better decisions sooner.
Grameen Foundation discusses how microfinance providers can balance business needs, technology constraints and the customer value proposition. This is the fifth post in our Next Billion series on what it takes for institutions that provide microfinance services to go digital.
Speaking at the Global Philanthropy Forum, Grameen Foundation president Alex Counts said banks and other financial institutions should ally with NGOs to get a full picture of the products that people actually want and need.
Grameen Foundation discusses the challenges in marketing digital-based microfinance services and provides best practices to increase adoption of services. This is the fourth post in our Next Billion Series on what it takes for institutions that provide microfinance services to go digital.
Speaking at the 17th Microcredit Summit, Alex Counts noted that microfinance has created an infrastructure around the world that touches most of the villages, hamlets and urban slums around the globe and should be leveraged much more broadly in development.