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New guidelines to help investors measure success of microfinance institutions

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According to this news article, socially responsible investors are choosing to invest in microfinance to help alleviate poverty. By means of often very small loans, financial services, and technology, microfinance helps the poor, often women, to start self-sustaining businesses in order to escape...

Surviving disaster and supporting recovery: A guidebook for microfinance institutions

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This guide seeks to assist MFIs in defining an institutional strategy for disaster preparedness. It lays out the steps for assessing the potential risk of disaster, the clients’ needs and the institutional capacity to respond. Based on assessments, it offers a variety of recommendations for...

Citi Dhaka arranges loan for NGO micro-finance institution

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In July 2009, Citi Dhaka helped arrange a syndicated loan (subscribed by a group of local banks) for $21.7 million for BURO, a not-for-profit that is one of the fastest growing microfinance institutions in Bangladesh. BURO Bangladesh is a specialized micro-finance institution that provides high...

Make Poverty Business: Increase Profits and Reduce Risks by Engaging with the Poor

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Make Poverty Business: Increase Profits and Reduce Risks by Engaging with the Poor (2006) is a book by Craig Wilson and Peter Wilson that sets out to provide a blueprint for on-the-ground managers of multinational corporations to create sustainable profits and reduce country risk by helping...

US Agency for International Development (USAID) - Supports Economic Empowerment for the World's Poor Through Microfinance (press release)

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The press release from USAID outlines the agency's involvement in micro enterprise development projects during the 1990s, and claims that ‛micro enterprise development, providing credit and economic opportunity to the disenfranchised poor, helps ensure that the benefits of economic growth are...

Micro Enterprise success in Bangladesh

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The Bangladesh Krishi Bank was established in 1973 with the objective of strengthening the rural economy by extending credit support to the agricultural and agro-based sectors. In consideration of the importance of Micro-Credit and with the objective of generating employment as well as encouraging...

Opportunities for the Majority: Bank initiative that promotes and finances private sector business models

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The Opportunities for the Majority (OMJ) Initiative promotes and finances market-based, sustainable business models that engage private sector companies, local governments and communities in the development and delivery of quality products and services for the majority of the population of Latin...

A discussion paper on social intrapreneurship

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This paper produced by the Doughty Centre at the Cranfield University examines the potential value of social intrapreneurship, and provisionally defines a social intrapreneur as "a person within a large corporation who takes direct initiative for innovation which addresses social or environmental...

Scaling Up Inclusive Business: Advancing the Knowledge and Action Agenda

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This is a report produced for the International Finance Corporation. It is based on 14 IFC client case studies and draws on other research undertaken by IFC and the CSR Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School on inclusive business, including recent research supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates...