Freedom from Hunger is committed to sharing what we learn with the rest of the field. Our expert staff members are regularly called upon to contribute commentary, articles and chapters for trade publications, technical journals and books.

We are pleased to provide the following list of published works authored or co-authored by Freedom from Hunger staff, past and present. These articles are generally available for free download in PDF format or via links to other websites. In some cases, articles have been published by journals that provide access only by subscription or purchase.

The titles are listed according to the date of publication, starting with the most recent articles. We provide complete citation information for the convenience of researchers wanting to cite the publication in their own work and provide access to French or Spanish versions, when available.

We sincerely hope you will find these articles useful for broadening your understanding of value-added microfinance and related topics.

Leveraging SHGs to advance girls’ access to resources and influence in rural India: Learning games for girls

Chanani, Sheila and Bobbi Gray. In "Optimizing Microfinance Distribution Channels". Pages 8-17 (2008). Chennai, India : Centre for Microfinance at IFMR.


This Freedom from Hunger report details product attributes of their adolescent health education training program, Learning Games for Girls, and discusses the development and implementation of this product. Following the authors’ discussion of the pilot program’s deployment through SHGs, the authors highlight key challenges and lessons learned from providing services to this target population.

Business training for microfinance clients: how it matters and for whom.

Frisancho, Verónica, Dean Karlan and Martin Valdivia. Poverty & Economic Policy Research Network: PMMA Working Paper 2008-11. 36pp. (May 2008). (English Only)

Get the article at Microfinance Gateway (link will open in a new window).


This study evaluates the impact of adding entrepreneurial training to a microfinance program. It measures the impact of a business training program for female microentrepreneur clients of a group banking program of FINCA Peru, an MFI that sponsors village banks for poor, female microentrepreneurs.

Enhancing the impact of microfinance: Client demand for health protection services on three continents.

Metcalfe, Marcia and Myka Reinsch Sinclair. Freedom from Hunger discussion paper. 26pp. (April 2008). (English Only)


This paper is based on the market research that Freedom from Hunger and five microfinance institutions conducted in 2006 to understand the impact of health on poor livelihoods and their ability to repay loans. It also examines the need for health financing in Bolivia, Bénin, Burkina Faso, India and the Philippines.

How microfinance can work for the poor: The case for integrating microfinance with education and health services.

Dunford, Christopher, Sheila Leatherman, Myka Reinsch Sinclair, Marcia Metcalfe, Bobbi Gray and Ellen Vor der Bruegge. Freedom from Hunger discussion paper. 5pp. (2007). (English Only)

Get the article at Microfinance Gateway (link will open in a new window).


This paper examines the development of a strategy that can offer the poor access to a coordinated combination of microfinance and other development services to meet their multifaceted needs.

Microfinance against malaria: Impact of Freedom from Hunger's malaria education when delivered by rural banks in Ghana.

Gray, Bobbi, Benjamin Crookston, Natalie de la Cruz and Natasha Ivins. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 8. 103pp. (January 2007). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (English with French and Spanish Executive Summaries)

Credit with Education impact review no. 5: Microfinance against malaria.

Gray, Bobbi, Benjamin Crookston, Natalie de la Cruz and Natasha Ivins. 2pp. (November 2006). (English, French and Spanish)

Credit with Education impact review no. 4: Teaching entrepreneurship.

Gray, Bobbi and Dean Karlan. 2pp. (August 2006). (English Only)

Evidence of microfinance’s contribution to achieving the Millennium Development goals.

Dunford, Christopher. Paper for the Global Microcredit Summit, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 14pp. (2006). (English Only)

Get the article at Microfinance Gateway (link will open in a new window).


The paper states that microfinance can only be a major contributor to achieving the first seven Millennium Development Goals when it creates direct and positive impacts on the lives of the "extreme poor" (a.k.a. the "very poor" living on roughly a dollar a day or less) as well as the better-off poor.


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