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.
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.
Impact of Credit with Education on mothers and their young children’s nutrition: Lower Pra Rural Bank Credit with Education program in Ghana.
MkNelly, Barbara and Christopher Dunford. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 4. 72pp. (March 1998). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger.
Vor der Bruegge, Ellen, Joan E. Dickey and Christopher Dunford. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 6. 7pp. (July 1997). Updated September 1999). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger.
Kevane, Michael. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 3. 36pp. (July 1996). Davis, CA : Freedom from Hunger.
Preliminary evidence that integrated financial and educational services can be effective against hunger and malnutrition.
MkNelly, Barbara, Chatree Watetip, Cheryl A. Lassen and Christopher Dunford. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 2. 27 pp. (April 1996). Davis, CA : Freedom from Hunger.
Are credit and savings services effective against hunger and malnutrition? A literature review and analysis.
MkNelly, Barbara and Christopher Dunford. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 1. 51pp. (February 1996). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger (full English text with French and Spanish executive summaries).
Equipping Families in the Andes Region with Integrated Microfinance and Health Services. Technical Brief # 2: Health Practices and Outcomes
Metcalfe, M and Bobbi Gray. (2013). Freedom from Hunger: Davis, CA.
Millions of microfinance institution (MFI) clients throughout Latin America are challenged by the dual circumstances of poverty and poor health, and lack access to health information, appropriate services and the financial tools that help them afford needed care. Between 2011 and 2013, Freedom from Hunger, in partnership with Oikocredit and five MFI partners in Ecuador (Cooprogreso and FACES) and Perú (ADRA, FINCA-Peru, Confianza/Caja Nuestra Gente), planned, developed and piloted health programs that link financial services with access to a range of health services. This technical brief covers the health knowledge, attitudes, practices and outcomes that were documented during these monitoring and evaluation efforts. The purpose of sharing this data is to provide a better understanding of the needs and demands for health products and services as well as the role MFIs are playing in improving the health of their clients.