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Reflections on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation From the Long Term Impact of Chile Solidario

26 Feb 2015 by Melissa Victor

This was originally posted on Let’s Talk Development, a blog hosted by Kaushik Basu, Chief Economist, World Bank Productive inclusion is the buzzword taking shape in social policy circles in Latin America, and other middle income countries. Graduation out of social assistance does not equate with (or presume) a sustained exit from poverty. As many …

Not Ready for Credit

14 Feb 2015 by Steve Werlin

In this post, we read about Miraclide. She graduated from CLM in December, and is happy about her progress. But while many of her fellow graduates decided to move on to Fonkoze’s credit programs, she and her case manager decided that she was not ready. So she continues to manage her life with the assets …

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SEEP Network Webinar on February 18th, 2015 : Scaling Savings, Conditional Cash Transfers & Savings Groups

12 Feb 2015 by Melissa Victor

The SEEP Network is holding a webinar  “Scaling Savings: Conditional Cash Transfers & Savings Groups” on Wednesday February 18th,2015 at 10ham-11ham EST. This webinar is hosted by SEEP’s Savings-Led Working Group, as a part of its “The Power of Savings Groups” webinar series. Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) are a powerful tool of governments (often in partnership with NGOs) …

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Purchase for Progress (P4P) January 2015

12 Feb 2015 by Melissa Victor

Smallholder farmers key to achieving Zero Hunger Executive Director Ertharin Cousin discusses WFP’s assistance to smallholder farmers in a video interview about the Zero Hunger Challenge. Biofortified foods help fight malnutrition P4P partner HarvestPlus is scaling up the dissemination of micronutrient rich crops. P4P Global Coordinator Ken Davies speaks about the potential of biofortified foods …

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Upcoming Event on February 27th, 2015: Lessons, Implications of the Latest Research on Credit

10 Feb 2015 by Melissa Victor

CGAP, IPA, J-PAL and the World Bank are holding a day-long event on Wednesday February 27th 2015. Time: 9ham-5hpm, EST Location: The World Bank Headquarters, Preston Auditorium, 1818 H Streeet NW, Washington DC. The event will bring together investors, donors, financial service providers and researchers. Among some of the distinguished speakers: Bertrand Badre, Managing Director …

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Rose Marie’s First Loan

4 Feb 2015 by Steve Werlin

In this post, we read about Rose Marie and her husband Emmanuel. They had a difficult time one their way through the 18 months of CLM, but Rose Marie was able to graduate nonetheless. Now they have stepped up to the next level, planning together and working together to take advantage of Rose Marie’s first …

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Cash vs. Cows: Cash Versus Cows (Part 2): What’s More Scalable – Cash Transfers or In-kind Transfers?

15 Jan 2015 by Melissa Victor

In a space dominated by important ideals – sustainability, social and financial returns, and market-based avenues to help the poor out of poverty – we sometimes tend to overlook a glaring reality. There remain vast populations around the world that are simply unable to benefit from the most diligent efforts toward these ideals. The ultra-poor …

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Cash vs. Cows : Looking at the Benefits of Asset versus Cash Transfer Programs

15 Jan 2015 by Melissa Victor

Is it better to give a cow or cash? Are such approaches hand-outs or a hand up for the extreme poor? In the development sector, we often pose simple either/ or questions. Yet these simple questions are more complex than may meet the eye, and the answers vary greatly based on beneficiaries’ backgrounds, local contexts, …

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Beyond Mobile: Tablets as Tools for the Extreme Poor

3 Dec 2014 by Tatiana Rincon

The power of cell phones to advance development issues is well-documented. By February of 2014, there were almost as many cell phone subscriptions (6.8 billion) as people on earth (7 billion). These devices serve many purposes that go beyond basic communication – phones are electronic wallets, vehicles for information, and ways to connect with essential …

The Wisdom of the Group

17 Nov 2014 by Melissa Victor

Budgeting can be a daunting task for the poor. Poor families must stretch low, often-volatile income to meet basic consumption needs, and handle un­foreseen expenses. Despite these challeng­es, the poor are able to save. They often do so in small amounts for short periods of time, adding to and spending down savings frequently. But short-term …

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