Research Reports

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.

Equipping Families in the Andes Region with Integrated Microfinance and Health Services. Technical Brief #1: Lessons Learned

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 experiences and lessons learned from replicating health services in the Andes, such as those originally designed and tested under Freedom from Hunger’s Microfinance and Health Protection (MAHP) initiative originally funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.