News and Updates

July 07,2015

What coping mechanisms do poor households use in times of crisis? How do different financial services, particularly those designed to anticipate and respond to common household shocks, contribute to resilience? These were central questions of research conducted in Burkina Faso by Freedom from Hunger under CGAP's Customers at the Center Financial Inclusion Research Fund. A key component of this research was "resilience diaries," a seven month project with 46 women from rural households that seeks to understand how people manage their financial lives and bounce back in times of crisis...

Read more about the topic on the CGAP Site

May 11,2015

Built on a foundation of commitment savings, Savings Groups (SGs) provide basic financial services, social support, and a platform for learning and testing new ideas to poor people worldwide. With nearly ten million people—mostly women and young people—participating in some form of Savings Group, it is a highly effective, scalable, and sustainable instrument for engaging the ‘unbanked’ poor. Savings Groups are also proven to serve as an entry point for other development efforts, including food security, health, and women’s economic empowerment...

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...

Read More on the Center for Financial Inclusion Blog (CFI Blog)

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.

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: