News and Updates

April 17,2015

While recent research indicates that access to and use of microcredit alone is not transformative for the average client served (see “Where Credit Is Due”), there has been very little discussion about the types of indicators being used to measure “transformation” in the ongoing debates. In fact, it seems that we all have accepted the general findings...

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March 10,2015

When selecting a health care provider in the United States, we generally make decisions based on the quality of the practitioners and the costs of services and medications. We also look for offices that are close to our home or office. However imperfect our health system may be, we generally have the information and tools at our disposal to identify and select the best options for our individual needs...

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March 06,2015

From battling the scourge of maternal mortality to the prevention and treatment of chronic or terminal diseases, women's health interventions are a critical investment globally. Women's health and economic empowerment are inextricably linked. Without health, a woman cannot maintain sustainable employment and the status, agency, and choice that come in hand. This panel will examine a variety of health-related engagement strategies, from philanthropy to shared value, that have proved successful in improving options for women globally.

Speakers:
Nana Kuo, Senior Manager, Every Woman Every Child
Veronica Magar, Lead, Gender Equality, Health Equity and Human Rights, World Health Organization
Joy Marini, Executive Director, Maternal and Child Health, Women and Girls, Johnson & Johnson
Katherine Pickus, Divisional Vice President, Global Citizenship and Policy, Abbott Vice President, Abbott Fund
Tom Walsh, Senior Program Officer for Global Policy and Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Barbara Bush, CEO and Co-founder, Global Health Corps

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January 12,2015

On January 7th, Freedom from Hunger President and CEO, Steve Hollingworth spoke on a panel at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. Mr. Hollingworth was joined by Alex Counts, President and CEO of the Grameen Foundation and Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking for a discussion about how the microfinance sector is evolving to better serve the needs of the poor with a wider array of services that help them escape poverty for good. They also shared their perspectives on disruptive technologies, such as mobile banking and others, that are helping to meet the diverse needs of their clients.

The event was presented in partnership with the Microfinance CEO Working Group, a collaborative effort by a number of leading international organizations that promote microfinance around the world. The Working Group consists of the leaders of eight international microfinance organizations.

An audio and video stream of  the program is available on  the World Affairs Council website at: http://www.worldaffairs.org/media-library/event/1392#.VLQKtCujO-0

October 22,2014

Washington, DC, 22 October 2014 – The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) announced today it had awarded more than $600,000 to support five projects aimed at better understanding and serving the financial needs of poor customers. The projects will yield insights into the preferences and behaviors of un-banked and under-banked customers and how financial service providers can meet their needs.

The CGAP Customers at the Center Financial Inclusion Research Fund, in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, awarded funds to five organizations: Freedom from Hunger, ideas42, IFMR Finance Foundation, Innovations for Poverty Action and MicroInsurance Centre to implement their proposed projects.

Read the full news article on the CGAP website.

September 09,2014

Freedom from Hunger has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation for its groundbreaking work to improve access to health services for very poor families in the developing world. The award is given annually to a social‐sector organization that demonstrates Drucker’s definition of innovation—change that creates a new dimension of performance. The winner will be announced later this month and will receive a $100,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation.

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