The opportunity for smallholder financing is enormous. Fewer than 10 percent of the nearly half billion of the world’s smallholder farmers operate in organized farmer groups that have benefited from agriculture financial services initiatives.
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In the fall of 2004, a small group of entrepreneurs attended a weekend gathering to discuss solutions for poverty alleviation. The result was Grameen Foundation’s Growth Guarantee program. Ten years later the program has been one of the most successful global efforts to unlock capital for microfinance clients.
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.
Shawn Covell, vice president for Government Affairs at Qualcomm, discusses the company's work with Grameen Foundation to promote mobile microfranchising and the development of Ruma, an Indonesian technology start-up.
We were pleased to have a phenomenal group of participants at the Designing for Adoption & Scale Workshop in Mumbai, India. Here are the highlights from our discussions about creating the right tools and services for clients.
Grameen Foundation Announces Launch of New Certification Program for Poverty Measurement Using Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®)
Washington, D.C., June 4, 2014 - Grameen Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new certification program for organizations and businesses that serve or work with poor communities.
March 24, 2014
You know mobile money for the unbanked is getting hot when there’s a standing-room-only crowd at the Mobile World Congress.
December 23, 2013
At Grameen Foundation, we’re committed to sharing our experiences and insights with others. Only together can we leverage the resources and know-how to connect the world’s poor to their potential. In this spirit, we offer up four lessons learned or affirmed through our work, along with relevant resources we or others have published over the course of 2013.
Getting Innovations to Market: Crazy ideas and actionable insights from Grameen Foundation's Dar es Salaam Workshop
December 18, 2013
By Kimberly Davies. Originally posted at NextBillion.net.
December 16, 2013
Earlier this year, Grameen Foundation president Alex Counts invited several social enterprise professionals to participate in a wide-ranging discussion on career opportunities in the sector. We hope this conversation will provide instructive insights and advice for new college graduates and those who would like to make mid-career shifts. The staff at Grameen Foundation who worked on this would like to recognize the exceptional efforts of summer intern John Weiller in turning this idea into a reality that will benefit many idealistic job-seekers in the years to come.