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Can India Achieve Financial Inclusion within the Next Few Years?

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Tilman Ehrbeck

Between far-sighted enabling regulation, investments in 21st century infrastructure, and the willingness to channel its own transactions to lubricate the system, India is pulling all the right levers to advance financial inclusion and economic citizenship.

The Power of Hope: Graduation Programs for the Extreme Poor Do More Than Directly Reduce Poverty

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 09.17.2012 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

In an important coordinated effort, ten pilots around the world are experimenting with a model initially developed by BRAC in Bangladesh that helps extremely poor families build assets and capabilities and ultimately "graduate" into sustainable livelihoods.

Gates Foundation's Ignacio Mas On eFinance in the Developing World

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

Ignacio Mas, Deputy Director of the Financial Services for the Poor Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, took time off from his hectic schedule at the recent GSM Alliance Congress in Madrid to speak to me over coffee.

Why are microfinance interest rates so high?

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

Americans often suffer sticker shock when they hear about interest rates charged in international microfinance. At annualized rates above 20 percent, ...

How much debt is too much? Microlenders want to know.

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Elisabeth Rhyne

When does a borrower cross the line from leveraged into losing it? Every borrower wants to avoid sliding into debt stress. Lenders, too, have a stake ...

Fonkoze Helps Rebuild Haiti through Microfinance Following Earthquake

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Unprecedented Collaboration Assists the Most Vulnerable In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, January 23, an unprecedented joint NGO-military operation ...