Harnessing Student Potential In Microfinance
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Some must reads for someone interested in Microfinance, Social Entrepreneurship, and Development Economics
The website features research and publications, original articles, organization and consultant profiles, and the latest industry announcements, news, events, and job opportunities.
CGAP is an independent policy and research center dedicated to advacning financial access for the world's poor. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP provides market intelligence, promotes standards, develops innovative solutions and offers advisory services to governments, microfinance providers, donors, and investors.
Microfinance Insights offers in-depth analyses and commentary on the microfinance sector, updates on the latest trends, and profiles of global sector players in a full-color, print magazine.
Year Of Microcredit
Year of Microcredit is dedicated to the 2005 UN celebration of microfinance. Although their activities are in the past, the resources and photos they list are valuable.
The Chalmers Center offers training for churches to minister to poor communities in the Majority World — Africa, Asia, and Latin America — as well as the US/Canadian context. This training is available through web-deployed distance learning courses, self-study courses, and week-long training institutes held throughout the world in partnership with churches and ministries.
SeaMo hosts networking events and speakers series and provides a website that serves as an events calendar, jobs board, community forum, and news source.
The Campaign brings together the microfinance world to promote best practices in the field, to stimulate the interchanging of knowledge, and to work towards reaching our goals. The Microcredit Summit Campaign is a project of the RESULTS Educational Fund, a U.S.-based grassroots advocacy organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.
ACCION partners with 32 microfinance organizations throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and serves U.S. microentrepreneurs through the U.S. ACCION Network. In 2008, ACCION and its partners served over 3.7 million active borrowers, and since 1998 has loaned $23.4 billion to more than 7.7 million people.
VSL Associates Ltd was founded specifically to promote the adoption of a particular approach to community-managed microfinance, known as the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) model.
MyKro's purpose is through an online community, encourage information flow that promotes increased awareness and knowledge of microfinance as a poverty-fighting tool.
The Leading Group, or the Leading Group on Solidarity Levies to Fund Development, is a body that brings together 55 countries, various international organisationd and non-governmental organisations. It is aimed at moving forward discussions about setting up innovative development financing mechanisms.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) aims to fill two voids that currently exist in development work: insufficient evaluation of what works -- and why -- in poverty reduction, and insufficient use of research results to develop and scale effective interventions. Using research results to identify effective interventions, we disseminate the lessons to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors around the world.
GreenMicrofinance (GMf), a pioneer in merging the environmental and microfinance sectors, has been working to bring clean, affordable, renewable, locally-generated energy to the poor. GMf‘s objective is to provide educational, technical, and financial services to assist the global poor's transition to a sustainable, affordable, and healthy energy future.
Lending Platforms (P2P)
Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.
MicroPlace simply connects investors with microfinance institutions looking for funds through a micro-lending website.
Wokai is the innovative lending platform that is bringing microloans to many parts of rural china.
Oikocredit is one of the world’s largest sources of private funding to the microfinance sector. We also provide credit to trade cooperatives, fair trade organizations and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the developing world.
Other Microfinance Networks
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