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April 2011
The case study explores how Grameen Koota, a leading socially-focused microfinance institution in India, is using the PPI to measure and track its clients’ movement out of poverty.
April 2011
Targeting and selecting groups for social development programs based on poverty levels can be a powerful first step in achieving greater impact. However, the complex nature of poverty often leads to processes that are accurate, but extremely customized, making it difficult to make comparisons across projects and geographies. This paper presents a methodology that aims to address both these issues.
March 2011
This case study illustrates how PRISMA Microfinance, an MFI in Peru, has collected three years of PPI data to reach and serve its target clientele. It also discusses the challenges and opportunities that the institution is facing and how it plans to address them.
March 2011
People-related issues have consistently ranked among the top ten industry challenges in the Microfinance Banana Skins report. This review analyzes the concerns raised in the 2011 report, including governance, management, staffing and the overall institutional strength of microfinance institutions.
January 2011
This report examines if and how mobile phones can improve financial literacy amongst the poor. It details the findings from our pilot performed in Uganda from March through December 2010.
January 2011
In 2009, the Grameen Foundation selected CARD Bank, a Philippine microfinance institution (MFI) with over 580,000 clients, to participate in its Microsavings Initiative. This case study describes how CARD Bank has used the PPI to identify opportunities for product cross-selling.
November 2010
This is not volunteerism for the sake of volunteerism, but rather a new business model for solving some of the real problems impeding the scale, sustainability, and impact of microfinance and T4D initiatives. A greater and more strategic use of volunteers can help the field to realize, more rapidly, strategic and operational improvements.
July 2010
Grameen Foundation's Growth Guarantees program was launched in 2005 to increase microfinance clients’ access to loans by guaranteeing local funding for the microfinance institutions (MFIs) that serve them.
May 2010
In Measuring the Impact of Microfinance: Taking Another Look, Odell examines studies which have demonstrated that microfinance helps poor people better cope with financial shocks that often upend their lives. It also addresses the difficulties in isolating microfinance’s impact from the myriad forces at play in poor people’s lives.
March 2010
Grameen Foundation’s Community Knowledge Worker Initiative is based on the belief that a distributed network of intermediaries, or Community Knowledge Workers (CKWs), can use mobile devices to collect and disseminate information to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

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