Microfinance 2.0: Innovative Solutions to Thrive in the Downturn

Title: Microfinance 2.0: Innovative Solutions to Thrive in the Downturn Location: San Francisco Link out: Click here June 15-17 “This is truly an unparalleled speaker faculty! The diverse backgrounds and levels of expertise are sure to bring something new to Microfinance events. This will provide a fresh look at the most current and relevant issues … [Read more…]

Job Opportunity at Global Visionaries

Position Announcement Program Manager Job Description The Global Visionaries (GV) Program Manager (PM) provides educational and administrative oversight to maintain the GV Leadership Program for high-school students. The PM works directly with participants in managing all components of the program, including: – Developing curriculum and training on ecological-footprint and social justice issues – Mentoring student … [Read more…]

Getting Microfinance Right

April 28, 2009 (Forbes) Even in the midst of the current economic meltdown, there is reason for new optimism in the fight to reduce global poverty.The optimism starts with the evolution of microfinance, which has proved not only that the poor are credit-worthy, but that banking institutions serving the poor are investment-worthy. (full article)

Twitter and Microfinance

Ashton Kucher battling CNN for Twitter supremacy. Both upstaged by Oprah’s first tweet. It may all seem a bit banal, but the recent attention points to a larger truth. There is value in the 140 character format of Twitter. So where is the value of Twitter for microfinance? Six months ago I opened an account, … [Read more…]

Microfinance, Economic Development, and Global Health

Title: Microfinance, Economic Development, and Global Health Location: Princeton University Link out: Click here Description: The colloquium will feature eleven speakers from a wide range of microfinance institutions and health organizations, organized into a variety of panel discussions and individual presentations Start Time: 10:00 Date: 2009-05-01 End Time: 17:00

Microfinance and Microinsurance

April 24, 2009 (INSEAD) Micro health insurance is in its infancy but it’s expected to take off in the next couple of years, with the financial success of microfinance helping to speed up the process. Yet Johanna Mair, a former doctoral student at INSEAD (PhD 01Jul) who is now an associate professor of strategic management … [Read more…]

Grameen America Lends $1.5m in First Year

April 23, 2009 (Reuters) – Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, known as the “banker to the poor” for making small loans in impoverished countries, is now doing business in the center of capitalism — New York City. (full article)

International Insurance Society 2009 Seminar in Jordan; Queen Rania to Host

The International Insurance Society’s (IIS’s) annual seminar is being held this year in Jordan under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Rania al Abdullah.  Executives from some of the most prominent and well-respected global insurance organizations will be attending and presenting on an array of topics including the image of the insurance industry, the changing insurance landscape, and the aftermath of the … [Read more…]