In this guest blog post, George Conard, executive director of Grameen Foundation's Technology for Microfinance initiatve discusses how technology can be used to advance the fight against global poverty. The blog post orginally appeared on "Microsoft on the Issues".
Grameen Foundation in the News
In her debut blog on the Huffington Post, actress Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simposon on "The Simpsons") recounts her trip to Haiti to see first-hand the impact of microfinance on the lives of poor women.
The Seattle Times spotlights the appointment of David Edelstein to head the Seattle-based Grameen Technology Center and Grameen Foundation's collaboration with Microsoft on expanding technology use among microfinance institutions.
Peg Ross, director of Grameen Foundation's Human Capital Center, co-authors this piece which examines organizations that work with people living at the "base of the pyramid" and the implications for human resource leaders at these companies. It first appeared in the June 2009 issue of People & Strategy magazine.
The New York Times explores debate about Kiva's lending model and points to Grameen Foundation as one of the options for supporting microfinance.
The Wall Street Journal explores how philanthropists are stretching their charitable dollars through various avenues such as Grameen Foundation's alliance with Schwab Charitable's donor-advised fund. Schwab's donors use up to 10% of the money in their charitable accounts to guarantee microloans.
The Daily Tell, a newspaper dedicated to showcasing "the better side of human nature", discusses actress Yeardley Smith's gift to Grameen Foundation and Haitian microfinance institution Fonkoze.
Grameen Foundation's Community Knowledge Worker initiative is among nine grants totalling $120 million that have been awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support agriculture in developing countries. This Seattle Times article profiles the Gates Foundation's efforts to boost agriculture and support poor farmers.
In this New York Times article, Eric Cantor, director of Grameen Foundation's AppLab Uganda initiative, explains how cell phones are being used to give Ugandans health tips and information to protect their livestock and produce.
Question Box, a joint project between Grameen Foundation's AppLab and Open Mind, is giving poor Ugandans without direct access to the Internet a new way to get answers to their questions. This piece in the New York Times explores its impact.
The Economist examines Grameen Foundation's AppLab initiative as part of its special report on "telecoms in emerging markets." David Edelstein, director of GF's ICT Innovation program, and Eric Cantor, GF's ICT Innovation AppLab director, discuss how cell phones open the door to a variety of services that benefit poor people.
In Kenya, microfinance institution Jamii Bora is building and selling homes to former residents of Nairobi's slums. In this Seattle Times article, GF president Alex Counts discusses this new venture as an example of microfinance being used as a platform for providing non-financial and other services to poor people.
Grameen Health Trust has announced a new collaboration with Cure2Children of Italy to create a bone marrow transplantation center to treat thalassemia, a blood disorder that results in excessive destruction of red blood cells and anemia. In this Daily Star article, Professor Muhammad Yunus discusses the importance of the new center to Bangladeshis.
In this Boston Globe article, GF president Alex Counts discusses the role microenterprise can play in generating economic activity and revitalization in low-income communities in the U.S.
In this Thomas Friedman op-ed in the New York Times, Eric Cantor, manager of GF's AppLab operations in Uganda, explains the huge impact access to cellphones and the internet can have on the lives and livelihoods of those living in poor African communities.