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Haiti: Where do we stand on the road from aid to investment?

Por Nara Meli


Two weeks ago, I attended the Haiti Funders’ Meeting, which was held in Boston, sponsored by the Boston Foundation and the Kellogg Foundation. The purpose of the meeting was to learn from experiences and talk about effective practices in Haiti, as well as challenges and opportunities in supporting sustainable development, social investments and philanthropy. The conference was held over two days, and included plenary sessions on topics such as social impact investing and effective aid delivery, and smaller, more focused discussion groups on health care, nutrition, agriculture, enterprise development and finance.

Servicios integrados: modelos innovadores para la financiación y mejora del acceso a servicios de agua, saneamiento y energía

Por Carlos Sanchez Román


El sector de servicios básicos ha experimentado, durante los últimos años, una emergencia de modelos innovadores para la financiación de la mejora del acceso a servicios de agua, saneamiento y energía. A través de alianzas entre entidades de microfinanzas, proveedores de servicios y grupos de base comunitaria, se ofrecen productos integrados que permiten aumentar el acceso de estos servicios básicos para poblaciones de bajos ingresos.

Savings: Global Learning For Local Application

Por 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

Por 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?

Por 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.

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