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Impact Measurement : The Faultlines

Lutfey Siddiqi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lutfey Siddiqi

It is argued that the active pursuit of output data may distract or detract a social enterprise from its impact objectives. It is also argued that impact accounting imposes a compliance burden that acts as unnecessary overhead.

The World According to Grameen Social Inc.

Alexandre Lemille | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Alexandre Lemille

Fancy doing business without necessarily becoming wealthier as a main goal but improving a social situation? Well seems like Social Business is what y...

The Nation Will Not Let Grameen Bank Be Snatched Away From Poor Women

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 08.20.2013 | World
Muhammad Yunus

Grameen Bank has been built with the funds of the poor women. How can the Inquiry Commission propose to hand over the majority shares of an organization which is owned 97 percent by private citizens to the government?

Bangladesh Hits 1 Million Solar Home Systems

Justin Guay | Posted 02.16.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Here's our policy lesson in a nutshell: Bangladesh is the world's demonstration case for an off-grid clean energy access plan that delivers. Bihar and UP are the next phase that will take this approach to scale. Maybe, just maybe, 1.3 Billion people later, the message, small solar is big, will finally sink in.

Bursting the Bubble: When 'Half the Sky' Abuses Itself

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.02.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Let's shift the discourse away from 'women vs. women', which sounds like a tawdry Las Vegas boxing match, and move it towards a much deeper conversation about what we need to do to get more women in leadership positions in both the public and private sector and eradicate poverty.

Heroic vs. Homegrown Entrepreneurs?

Tanyella Evans | Posted 06.09.2012 | Small Business
Tanyella Evans

We have become intoxicated with "heroic entrepreneurs" that have set a course to the moon, but I believe that groups focused at the community level are just as deserving of our attention.

Review: Bonsai People: Celebrating the Work of Muhammad Yunus

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 04.17.2012 | Entertainment
John Wellington Ennis

In a destitute country facing famine, natural disasters, and a beleaguered government, Muhammad Yunus saw an opportunity to help people one by one, and built an organization of others helping poor people help themselves

How Smartphones Can Safeguard The Future Of Agriculture

Deborah Bassett | Posted 08.26.2011 | Impact
Deborah Bassett

Ugandan farmers can now access important information at their fingertips. Photo: Karl Muth What does mobile phone technology have to do with farmer...

Banking on the Poor

Scott Baker | Posted 06.04.2011 | Impact
Scott Baker

Would banking on the poor be any more risky than banking on the money-leveraging banks that have already failed and had to be bailed out -- for trillions?

Why Muhammad Yunus and the Women of Grameen Matter

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

If we are going to see true evolution and true civil society, we must begin with supporting the most disadvantaged in helping themselves. They know what they need.

Why Muhammad Yunus and the Poor Need Us More Than Ever

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

Nobel Peace prize winner Yunus has been under attack by not only his leader of government in his native Bangladesh but by those who are upset with what narrows down to Dr. Yunus' stand against corruption and loan sharking.

Grameen Foundation: Microfinance Helping People in Real Ways

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The deal with microfinance is that it means loaning the poorest of people - most often women - to fund small businesses. This benefits women like Ts...

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

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.

Microlending In America: Can This Third World Success Come Overseas?

Huffington Post | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

With the advent of sites like Kiva, the popularity of microlending is spreading, and may soon rival nonprofit donations as the prominent method of sup...

Microequity: A New Model for Financing Microentrepreneurship

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bhagwan Chowdhry

There are a number of attractive features of microequity over microloans. It is time for academics and practitioners to fine-tune the theory and the practice and explore the promise of microequity.

Economics of Happiness: Reflections from the 2010 World Economic Forum, Davos

Kari Stoever | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Stoever

Happiness is certainly real. But, unlike a bar of gold, the economics of happiness is not well understood. But it's not that hard.

Hillary Clinton Understands the Link Between Security and Poverty

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vivian Norris

If we spent as much time and money and effort as we put into defense budgets into fighting poverty, a lot of wars would have been stopped before they began.

Film as a Message to the World: Yunus and Sundance 2010!

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

I want to congratulate filmmaker, Gayle Ferraro, whom I met when she first began this journey of making To Catch a Dollar, which premiered Saturday night at Sundance with Dr. Muhammad Yunus present.

To Catch a Dollar & Grameen America Bring Poverty Alternatives to Sundance

Emily Goligoski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Emily Goligoski

Finance conversations during the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival tend to center around distribution deals and the price of heeled boots, so discussions about economic motivators to end domestic poverty are particularly refreshing.

Dear President Obama: Channel Your Mother, Immediately!

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

Please President Obama...don't listen to the banking tennis buddies...channel Stanley Ann, that vibrant spirit watching over you! She is in you and you will do the right thing.

Changing Lives With Spare Change: My Two Cents on Microfinance

Yeardley Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Yeardley Smith

I love the microfinance approach because instead of being a welfare model, it's a model that puts the recipient at the center of the solution. And in doing so, the victory is a thousand times sweeter.

A Near-Zero-Cost Approach to Do-Gooding: My 375th Kiva Loan

Bob Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bob Harris

Metaphorically, micro lending is not giving someone a fish, and it's not teaching someone to fish; it's helping a fisherman patch a hole in his rowboat so he can get on with life.

Trust Is the Answer: Yunus and the Future of Everything

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

If you give up on trusting your fellow human beings, then the Bastards win. They make you mistrustful like they are.

An Expat's Week in America: Health Care, Yunus, Grameen and Broadway

Vivian Norris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

No one can crush the spirit of those who are doing what they love to do, and sharing it with us.