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DASH Forward: Sustainable and Affordable Healthcare Solutions for Low Income People

Por Nara Meli

Last week the MIF approved a project to support DASH, a Haitian NGO extending healthcare to low-income people – earning $5 to $10 a day – working in the formal and informal sector. A few months ago, I mentioned some of the challenges in low-cost healthcare provision, so let’s take a look at how this project helps address them. 

Growth in women’s businesses: the role of finance

Por Anonym

Nancy Lee is the General Manager of the MIF. This blog has been prepared for the CGAP blog. It is also part of a series discussing some of the key issues on the agenda at XVI Foromic taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico from September 30 to October 2.

The time is ripe for a wider discussion on gender and finance: evidence of the gains from economic empowerment of women is mounting rapidly - households, firms, farms, communities, and whole economies perform significantly better when women have opportunities to raise their productivity.  It is practically tautological that growth will accelerate when half the population is more productive.  The fundamental question at this point is: what factors are holding women back?  It is surprising that we have so few empirically well-grounded answers. 

Datos de Uso de M-Pesa: El modelo OTC tiene sentido, incluso para Kenia

Por Fermín Vivanco


Esta entrada se ha publicado simultáneamente en el CGAP Blog y en el Blog de ProAhorros y forma parte de una serie de blogs explorando el tema de dinero móvil. Aquí para la versión en inglés.  El blog fue escrito por  Pablo García Arabéhéty.

El concepto de operar sin efectivo, también conocido como cashless o cash-lite, está de moda actualmente en los círculos de inclusión financiera. Dicho concepto se ha convertido en el objetivo de muchas iniciativas de negocio y política pública, especialmente dentro del ecosistema móvil. Sin embargo, los datos de uso ponen en duda si estos objetivos realmente se alinean con las necesidades de la base de la pirámide y a la larga, destacan la innovación en servicios financieros móviles para los no bancarizados - no en términos de cuentas electrónicas, sino de redes de manejo de efectivo altamente distribuidas. 

Social Impact Bonds: Toward a new way of financing impact

Por Zachary Levey

This blog forms part of a series discussing some of the key issues on the agenda at XVI Foromic taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico from September 30 to October 2.

Variations on the word “results” have become omnipresent in the development vernacular. Phrases such as results-based management, results-based financing, results framework, results measurement, and disbursement by results abound. And this is for good reason. Vast sums of taxpayer and philanthropic dollars are spent each year to pay for services to support poor and vulnerable populations in developing and developed countries alike. But key challenges remain for advancing a results-driven development sector that is linked to the way in which these services are purchased.


Emprendimiento de jóvenes: Una ventana al mundo

Por Maritza Vela

In English

Al describir su opinión sobre el Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit de Youth Business International (YBI) realizado en la ciudad de Londres la semana pasada, los participantes utilizaron las siguientes palabras: uplifting, inspirational, reenergizing, a privilege, a global network of equals, building skills, an opportunity to reconnect. Para mí fue como abrir una ventana al mundo y a “true humbling experience”.

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