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Monitoring and Evaluation

Financial Inclusion’s Missing Link: What about the credit officer?

June 13, 2017 by Amelia Kuklewicz

As an industry, we have made significant strides in understanding, measuring and tracking financial inclusion worldwide. One sign is the steady stream of emails, conferences and webinars discussing best practices for creating useful, affordable products and services, educating clients appropriately, and safeguarding their rights. But there is one crucial element missing from most of these discussions: frontline staff.

Yet, microfinance field officers play an outsized role in the lives of poor families.

The price of good health

May 31, 2017 by Dr. Gabriela Salvador

Several years ago, while working with an indigenous Guatemalan community to improve health access, a pregnant woman experiencing severe convulsions arrived at the local clinic. Fatima was close to full term, and had two young children by her side. But her convulsions were already out of control. She died shortly after arriving.

Venus and Mars: Together or Separate in Financial Inclusion?

January 19, 2017 by Bobbi Gray

Many people consider the book, Men are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, by Dr. John Gray a classic. While it describes how men and women can better understand and relate to each other, it starts from the premise that men and women are simply from different planets. We don’t think or behave alike. We have different expectations for a relationship. But there are bridges that can bring us together—if we can locate and cross them effectively.

Factors Associated with Food Insecurity among Women and Children in Rural Rajasthan

Food insecurity remains a significant problem in India, especially among women and children. This paper by Freedom from Hunger (now a part of Grameen Foundation) measures food security and describe associated factors in rural Rajasthan, India. The findings suggest that actions for improving food security may include facilitating saving for food needs, improving decision-making power among women, and increasing ties to organizations that cater to child development needs. 

Grameen Foundation Microsavings Work Featured in Wall Street Journal

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.

Grameen Foundation Receives Moody’s Foundation Grant To Support Measurement of Global Poverty Efforts

Grameen Foundation today announced that it has received a grant from The Moody’s Foundation to enable poverty data to be used more effectively by social sector organizations to measure, track and report on their clients’ poverty levels using the Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®).

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