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Trends in Cross-Border Funding

Posted by Guest Editor, via CGAP authors Barbara Gähwiler and Alice Nègre on Thursday, January 5, 2012, In : News 
Microfinance funding is becoming more transparent. More than 60 microfinance funders regularly report information on their microfinance portfolio to CGAP, and extensive data are available on microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs) through Symbiotics and MicroRate. 

In 2011, CGAP surveyed the 20 largest microfinance funders, which represented over 85% of commitments reported in the previous survey year. Based on the findings of that survey and previous surveys, this Brief describes global trend...
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Findings from Randomized Evaluations of Microfinance

Posted by Guest Editor, via CGAP on Monday, December 5, 2011, In : News 
In 2009, the results from two microcredit impact studies in Hyderabad, India, and Manila, the Philippines were released to mixed responses (Banerjee, Duflo, Glennerster, and Kinnan 2010; Karlan and Zinman 2011). Some media declared microfinance a failure (Bennett 2009). Many in the microfinance community dismissed these randomized studies as too limited to be a true reflection of the entire sector.

These first randomized studies caused a sensation because they challenged the dominant impact n...
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Targeting the Ultra Poor: can the poorest be reached by microfinance? - Video with Morduch discussing pilot initiatives for reaching the ultra poor

Posted by Editor C on Thursday, August 19, 2010, In : Guest Blogger 
Courtesy of FAI

Can the poorest be reached with finance? “Ultra poor” members of society face a series of constraints and deprivations that distinguish them from the general poor. Limited social networks, chronic malnutrition, and reliance on patronage systems characterize a socioeconomic class that is hard to “bank.” Research now indicates that most microfinance institutions serve poor and lower-income customers, but not the poorest. A new FAI Framing Note on “Targeting the ...

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To Pay, or Not to Pay?

Posted by Ana M on Wednesday, July 14, 2010,
By Maria Fernanda Rivera

For the past two years, Microfinance Organizations (MFIs) in Nicaragua and some of its clients have been at odds concerning overdue loans. This tension resulted in the creation of the “No Payment Movement” (NPM), which manifested itself in street protests, some violent, and culminated with the creation of a Moratorium Law. Both sides lobbied heavily. Some are more content than others with the resolution, but more importantly this was an eye-opening opportunity for...
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Exclusion within the Excluded

Posted by Editor on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, In : News 

Maria Fernanda Rivera


In 2008, the official unemployment rate in Honduras was 3.5%, lower than the US rate of 5.8% for the same year and more than half of the world average of 7.2%. With such a high percentage of people participating in the labor market, how is it that around three fourths of the Honduran population lives in poverty? The problem lies in the roughly 50% of the employed population working in the informal economy. The informal economy is a low-productivity and low paying sector,...

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60 Million US Residents are Without a Bank Accounts.

Posted by Ana M on Saturday, December 5, 2009, In : Must read 
Did you know that 25% of the US population doesn't have a bank account to begin with? This is a rather surprising and sad story from Ylan Q. Mui to the Washington Post... One-quarter of American households -- about 60 million people -- have limited or no access to banks or other traditional financial services, with low-income and black families among the hardest hit, according to a government report released Wednesday.
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