The challenges inherent in supporting the self-help efforts of the chronically hungry poor require innovation to achieve greater scale, impact and sustainability.
Freedom from Hunger has always been committed to innovation backed up by rigorous research. Our research staff and collaborators put our innovations, and those of other organizations, to the test, employing a wide range of methodologies to ensure that they are supported by evidence from the field.
We are pleased to provide our research reports to all who are interested in evidence-based innovation. Generally, these reports have also been published in part in technical journals and other publications, but seldom are the complete research reports accepted for publication. Therefore, we make our full research reports, as well as summaries, freely downloadable in PDF format.
These reports provide the full details of the research projects—social and institutional context, objectives, design and implementation of the innovation being tested, research design, methods, analysis, results, discussion in light of relevant literature and conclusions. The reports are listed below in chronological order, starting with the most recent reports.
Most Freedom from Hunger reports have been translated into French and/or Spanish for the benefit of the in-country institutions with which we have partnered to develop and test these innovations. In the absence of full translations, summaries in French and/or Spanish are usually available.
We sincerely hope you will find these research reports useful for broadening your understanding of value-added microfinance and related innovations.
Gray, Bobbi, Jennefer Sebstad, Monique Cohen, Kathleen Stack. Global Financial Education Program Financial Education Outcomes Assessment Working Paper #4. 94pp. (December 2009). Washington DC : Microfinance Opportunities and Davis, CA
Introduction – In 2003, when Microfinance Opportunities and Freedom from Hunger partnered to develop a financial education curriculum for the microfinance industry, there was very little experience with financial education for low-income populations in developing countries—and most specifically, for microfinance institution clients. Microfinance Opportunities joined with Freedom from Hunger to launch the Global Financial Education Program to respond to this gap. The education development was a grassroots effort that started with market research in which clients shared their financial goals and challenges, and their current knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices as related to managing money. As a result of this program, a unique curriculum tailored to lowincome populations in developing countries was developed. Within two-and-a-half years, approximately 350,000 microfinance clients have received training in financial education, and 19 million have had access to some of the key education messages presented through radio, television, print and street theater.
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)
Gray, Bobbi, Benjamin Crookston, Natalie de la Cruz and Natasha Ivins. 2pp. (November 2006). (English, French and Spanish)
Gray, Bobbi and Dean Karlan. 2pp. (August 2006). (English Only)
MkNelly, Barbara and April Watson. 19pp. (October 2003).
PACTS’s women’s empowerment program in Nepal: A savings- and literacy-led alternative to financial building.
Ashe, Jeffrey and Lisa Parrott. Journal of Microfinance. 4(2):137–162. (Fall 2002).(English only)
MkNelly, Barbara and Mona McCord. 23pp. (September 2002). (English and Spanish)
MkNelly, Barbara and Mona McCord. 22pp. (October 2001). (English Only)
Mali poverty outreach study of the Kafo Jiginew and Nyèsigiso Credit and Savings with Education Programs.
Nteziyaremye, Anastase and Barbara MkNelly. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 7. 97pp. (May 2001). Davis, CA : Freedom from Hunger.
Impact of Credit with Education on mothers and their young children’s nutrition: CRECER Credit with Education program in Bolivia.
MkNelly, Barbara and Christopher Dunford. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 5. 122pp. (December 1999). Davis, CA : Freedom from Hunger.