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Why long term financing must not be short-changed

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 07.08.2016 | Home
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Co-authored by Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, World Bank Director of Research, joined the WBG in 1989 and has a distinguished record undertaking research and a...

The Fabric of Healthy Communities: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.01.2016 | Home
Ari Nessel

This week The Pollination Project honors people around the world who are helping their communities address some of their most basic needs. From a women-run business in Nigeria, to school gardens in Tanzania and Uganda, and a creative rebuilding effort in Gaza, Palestine, these grantees are showing us how small local initiatives really do make a difference.

Clay Water Brick Illuminates and Inspires the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Us All

Greg Woodburn | Posted 06.24.2016 | Home
Greg Woodburn

Clay Water Brick is an engaging, worthwhile read equally applicable to Sustainable Development Goals policymakers, bootstrapping entrepreneurs, and those searching for ways to pay forward their passions in life.

Forget Your Bank -- Here Are Four New Sources of Capital You Probably Didn't Know

Gene Marks | Posted 06.25.2016 | Home
Gene Marks

Sure, all the traditional means of raising money are still there. And approval rates at big banks and institutional lenders have hit new highs according to a popular monthly credit index report. But banks and those traditional financing options are no longer the only game in town.

Opportunities for Microfinance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Geri Spieler | Posted 06.17.2016 | Home
Geri Spieler

A burgeoning market for micro financial institutions (MFI) is set to take hold. The Sub-Saharan African low-income market is set to explode by 25 percent in 2015. Currently 863 million people live in 47 countries.

Get Capital to Main Street to Create Jobs, Revive Communities

Connie Evans | Posted 06.17.2016 | Home
Connie Evans

As the still fragile U.S. economy cranks out new jobs, with concerns that a jolt from a world event or higher interest rates could spark a slowdown, much of the public and private sectors have ignored the potential of the nation's smallest businesses to help fuel economic growth.

Building Resilience: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Ari Nessel

The Pollination Project celebrates the courage it takes to forge a new path, to try something new, to go against the grain and create a new paradigm for a community.

The Neurology of Lending

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
Wray Herbert

Microfinance is a psychological enigma. It is not in anyone's economic best interest to lend money to strangers without getting anything in return. Without interest or guarantee, what is the motivation to take on such financial risk? It seems more akin to charity than to banking. Is it? The fact is that we don't know the neuropsychological underpinnings of such selfless lending.

Mobile In Microfinance: Not Just Mobile Payments

Heather Franzese | Posted 05.07.2016 | Home
Heather Franzese

We use mobile technology to reach invisible populations like factory workers, farmers and, most recently, microfinance borrowers. In the last four years, mobile penetration has continued to skyrocket.

The Hard and Necessary Work of Investing in the World's Most Vulnerable Places

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

When I first visited Afghanistan in 2002, the country was boldly opening a new chapter in its history. Ashraf Ghani was Minister of Finance, the Taliban had been toppled and the initial pillars of a democratic government were being put in place.

How Live Below the Line Provides Education for All

Vicki Escarra | Posted 05.01.2016 | Home
Vicki Escarra

Live Below the Line helps us shine a light on the most effective way to raise communities out of poverty: education - getting, and keeping, more kids in the classrooms across the world.

Small Business Not Neutral on Net Neutrality

Claudia Viek | Posted 06.27.2015 | Home
Claudia Viek

Main Street, back street, home-based business owners, freelancers, mompreneurs, Etsy artisans - all should hail the decision by the Federal Communications Commission to regulate Internet providers as utilities and fight to keep the newly published rules intact.

When Doing Well While Doing Good Could Be Bad For You

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 06.12.2015 | Home
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Inclusive business, or business that pursues opportunities in traditionally unattractive market segments, ought to be a strategic imperative for corporations and investors.

As The Celebration Of Women Moves On, Let's Leave No One Behind

Rosario Perez | Posted 05.30.2015 | Home
Rosario Perez

Poverty and health are intrinsically linked, yet the tools to combat them are frequently out of reach for poor women. More times than not, they find themselves in a constant cycle of scarcity -- scarcity of money, support, health and stability.

Hopeful Horizons: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.10.2015 | Home
Ari Nessel

Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we started, over 50 individuals and families have joined in, each giving $1 or more a day to support the grantees.

3 Ways to Serve Asia and the Pacific's 'Unbanked'

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 05.17.2015 | Home
Stephen P. Groff

To ensure ongoing economic growth in Asia and for the poorest to have a chance to benefit from the region's growing prosperity, we must prioritize bringing financial services readily and cheaply to the "unbanked".

Compassion Around the World: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.11.2015 | Home
Ari Nessel

Just over two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world.

A Plan to Empower More Than One Million Women

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.14.2015 | Home
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

There is a story that persists around the developing world, to the detriment of families and entire economies: Women are being sidelined from economic progress because of limited access to financial services.

Advancing the World's Women

Vicki Escarra | Posted 05.06.2015 | Home
Vicki Escarra

Sunday is International Women's Day, a time to celebrate and promote the contributions of women in the world.

The Quiet Global Transformation of Global Development

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.14.2015 | Home
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

Decades ago, private capital flowing into developing countries was a small fraction of aid dollars. Since then, that private capital investment has grown roughly 100-fold and the ratio of aid to investment has flipped. Today, every $1 in aid to developing nations is dwarfed by nearly $7 in private investment.

Let's Empower Local Microfinance Solutions

Joyce Kim | Posted 06.01.2015 | Home
Joyce Kim

But as the tech world continues to develop sleeker financial technology, let's not forget about the potential for sustainable progress and pervasive change in microfinance, for the people who need it most.

Making It Better: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.13.2015 | Home
Ari Nessel

Fifty individuals and families have joined in, each giving $1 or more a day to support the grantees. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

Africa's Agribusinesses Must Look Beyond the Realms of Microfinancing

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais | Posted 03.28.2015 | Home
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais

Africa's farming communities are not yet entrepreneurs, but with focused investment and support, they are our biggest untapped asset. My gut feel is that 2015 will be another year of great transformation for the African continent, with our agricultural sector making great headway.

How to Build an Entrepreneur

Chetna Vijay Sinha | Posted 03.25.2015 | Home
Chetna Vijay Sinha

The most striking aspect of working with impoverished women is how much they can teach you. Listen to them carefully and they will show you how to take uneducated, illiterate women and create entrepreneurs.

Side-stepping the Law of Unintended Consequences

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 03.23.2015 | Home
Stefan Simanowitz

The problem of the unintended consequences that can happen when we try to effect positive change is the subject of a new book published this month.