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Ready for a recap after 20 long years? Join us at Rio +20

Posted by Guest Editor on Friday, April 13, 2012, In : Must read 
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20, will be held from 13 to 22 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is known as Rio +20 because it marks the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio-92), and should help define the sustainable development agenda for the coming decades.

Brazil's petition to host Rio +20 was approved in the 6th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, in 2009. The objective of the...
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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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Biodiversity Conservation Can Reduce Poverty

Posted by Ana M on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, In : Guest Blogger 

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of traveling to London to help give a presentation at the Zoological Society of London for the symposium: Linking Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction: What, Why, and How?

Since December, I have been working with Craig Leisher at The Nature Conservancy on drafting a knowledge review that was commissioned specifically for the symposium. We presented our report, “Biodiveristy as a Mechanism for Poverty Reduction: A State of Kno...

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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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