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Social Enterprises and Solving the World's Problems: How Impact Investing Needs to Change

Geri Stengel | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Geri Stengel

Let's hope that for-profit companies can balance profit motives with social impact because government and nonprofits can't solve the world's problems by themselves.

Nobel Peace Winner Slams Poverty Profiteering

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

With almost biblical scorn, Yunus implicitly casts market fundamentalists out of the temple of microfinance.

Is Yunus Right About Charitable Donations?

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bhagwan Chowdhry

Many renowned micro-credit proponents, most notably Yunus, often discard charitable donations. But isn't a charity dollar a zero interest loan with a very long maturity?

An Increasingly Important Debate: Microfinance as a Non-Profit or Possible IPO?

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

Nonprofit Microlending is based on trust. For profit lending is not. This is a huge difference, and it's possible the latter could turn into a repeat of the villager loan shark mode

On Microfinance: Who's to Blame for the Crisis in Andhra Pradesh?

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

The sensationalized newspaper accounts of suicides among over-indebted clients of some of India's biggest microfinance institutions threatens the future of microfinance in India.

Funding the Risk Frontier in Microfinance

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

The recent IPO of SKS Microfinance, India's largest microfinance institution (MFI), was a watershed event whose ripples are affecting the public perception of microfinance.

Microfinance: Keeping the Mission When Non-Profits Become For-Profits

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

Many people committed to social justice have a built-in assumption that nonprofits are inherently more virtuous than for-profit companies. However, for-profit businesses have been the primary engines of wealth creation in the modern world.