Grameen Foundation in the News


Colleen Briggs, executive director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. discusses how Grameen Foundation and other organizations are harnessing technology to reinvent traditional business models and offer faster, cheaper, and more convenient financial products and services.


The article examines how mobile data collection and real-time data are serving disenfranchised communities in the developing world as more organizations begin to use tools like TaroWorks, a mobile tool developed by Grameen Foundation, to manage their operations.


Noting Grameen Foundation's Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI), the article points to clear opportunities for the development community to make better use of available data and analytical tools to significantly improve decision making.


Note: This article is in Spanish.

Fernando Henao, Grameen Foundation's country director for Colombia, and Marcela Carrasco, MasterCard's vice president for Colombia and Peru, discuss how both organizaitons collaborated to help expand digital-based services for small-scale farmers in rural Colombia.


In this blog, Gordon Lau of iDE discussed how the organization is using theTaroWorks mobile app to manage orders for toilets in rural Cambodia. Grameen Foundation created TaroWorks.


The Wall Street Journal profiled a Grameen Foundation project in India that is expanding women's access to financial services via mobile phones.


Camilla Nestor, Grameen Foundation's senior vice president for programs and regions, discusses how technology is helping to transform opportunities for poor farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, ahead of the World Economic Forum.


Grameen Foundation's work in Uganda is cited as good example of establishing two-way information flows between farmers and service providers that enable farmers to be "indispensable contributors to, not just consumers of, climate-related farming data."


Whitney Gantt, Grameen Foundation's global director for mobile agriculture, discussed the organization's plans to help coconut farmers in the Philippines become financially secure and more resilient to the impact of climate change.


Grameen Foundation president Steve Hollingworth spoke to Global Washington about his lifelong commitment to fighting global poverty.


In this op-ed, Juan Guardado argues that, despite Africa’s leading role in the mobile revolution, smallholder farmers have yet to fundamentally benefit from digital technology that can bring them unprecedented access to financial services, agricultural information and market opportunities.


Grameen Foundation is cited as one of the few organizations that have built credit assessment tools specifically for smallholder farmers in a new report by the Initiative for Smallholder Finance that explores how innovative lenders are using new data sources and analytics to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers.


Grameen Foundation's work with coops in Colombia was cited as an example of new initiatives to help coffee farmers increase productivity, improve business practices and gain access to finance.


The one-time Microsoft program manager was inspired by a talk by Mohammad Yunus to work directly to fight global poverty.


Powered by MOTECH, a simple-to-use mobile health (mHealth) technology developed by Grameen Foundation with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the effort aims to deliver life-saving information to millions of mothers and pregnant women in rural areas within three years.