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Savings: Global Learning For Local Application

By SANDRA DARVILLE


Photo by Daniel Zoltani

This blog post was published originally on the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) website as part of a blog series titled: Putting Impact Research Into Practice

What can a study about 1,118 Nepalese women living in slums tell us about rural community savings programs in Colombia?  Can we really compare such vastly different cultures, countries and contexts?  And yet, there may be some core behaviors that are relatively consistent across geographies. Indeed, cross-border learning has been a key feature of the rapid innovation in financial inclusion products for low income and poor people.

Haitian Artisans and MIF Partners at the New York Gift Fair

By Nara Meli

From January 26 to January 30, New York City hosted the Winter 2013 NY International Gift Fair (NYIGF). This semiannual trade show brings more than 2,800 exhibitors from around the world, and 35,000 attendees from over 80 countries. The exhibitors showcase over 100,000 products in 400 categories in the home, lifestyle and handmade industries. This is the second NYIGF where Haitian artisans who are part of the Artisan Business Network (ABN) had a chance to exhibit their work. 

Ahorro: ¿Elección o Necesidad para las Personas de Menores Ingresos?

By Andrea Reyes Hurtado


Publicado simultáneamente en el blog de ProSavings, haga clic aquí para la versión en inglés.

Durante una de las visitas de campo que realicé a República Dominicana, le pregunté a una mujer beneficiaria del Programa Solidaridad si ahorraba y su respuesta fue afirmativa, porque era pobre tenía que ahorrar. Contrario a lo que muchas veces pensamos, las personas de más bajos ingresos sí ahorran. Diferentes experiencias en el mundo han demostrado que utilizan diferentes mecanismos de ahorro informal, como lo son los grupos de ahorro, en donde a través de reglas básicas como montos pequeños de dinero, flexibilidad, regularidad en los depósitos, cercanía al lugar de las reuniones y sobre todo confianza, logran las metas de ahorro que se han fijado a pesar de sus ingresos bajos e inciertos.

De 32 a 60 plátanos: cómo innovar 'desde abajo' en el cultivo del plátano

By Xoan Fernandez


¿Cómo se puede implantar la innovación en sectores como la agricultura? Especialmente ¿Cómo pueden los pequeños productores, como los que cultivan plátanos, aprovechar las soluciones tecnológicas que incrementan la producción, y  permiten adaptar sus cultivos a nuevas plagas y el clima cambiante?. En el FOMIN, buscamos encontrar estas soluciones, y asegurarnos que los  pequeños agricultores se puedan beneficiar de ellas, y que sean industrias locales que forman parte de esta cadena de producción.

Seeking common ground on evaluating impact

By SANDRA DARVILLE


“However beautiful the Strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." – Winston Churchill

Our MIF team – General Manager Nancy Lee, Claudia Gutierrez, Tetsuro Narita and me – recently spent two days with development experts and academics discussing and debating the importance of impact evaluation on Financial Inclusion programs. The retreat, co-sponsored by CGAP and DFID, was held in the shadow of Buckingham Palace at DFID’s offices, and included about 60 experts from development banks (ADB, CDC, DFID, MIF, EBRD, EIB, FMO, IFC...), foundations (Citi, Mastercard and Ford) and well-known scholars from IPA, Harvard and other institutions. The meeting was the brainchild of Alexia Latortue from CGAP, who saw a need to get a common understanding among funders and donors of the best evaluation methods, and also to spend time creating a “new impact narrative for Access to Finance.”

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