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05/29/2015

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.

05/26/2015

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.

05/25/2015

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.

05/21/2015

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.

05/21/2015

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.

05/15/2015

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.

05/08/2015

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.)

04/28/2015

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.

04/28/2015

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. 

04/28/2015

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.

04/21/2015

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.

04/16/2015

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. 

04/10/2015

Alberto Solano, regional CEO for the Americas, explains how Grameen Foundation is using digital technology to connect farmers to markets and enable them to receive the certifications that are required by large-scale buyers. 

04/08/2015

Drawing on its experience in Uganda, Grameen Foundation discusses ways to make it easier for financial services that service the poor to adopt a digital platform. This is the third post in our Next Billion Series on what it takes for institutions that provide microfinance services to go digital.

04/07/2015

Kris Sterkens, Company Group Chairman of Janssen Asia Pacific (pharmaceutical arm of Johnson & Johnson), discusses his company's work with Grameen Foundation and others to improve health outcomes for HIV/AIDS patients in India through the TAMA project, as well as a new collaboration on Ebola in West Africa.

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