David Roodman shares a few of his thoughts on the latest Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2013 which includes ‘Graduation Programs’. What does ‘ Graduation’ mean, into mircofinance? While early impact results on the CGAP- Ford Foundation Graduation Program are positive overall, it is not clear what the role of finance plays in achieving this… yet. The …
Where are the poor, exactly? You may recall the September 2012 update of “Where will the world’s poor live?”, by Andy Sumner, confirming that middle-income countries are home to most of the world poor — 74 percent of those living on less than $1.25 a day and 79 percent of those on less than $2. In the …
Summary meeting minutes are now available for the Reaching the Poorest Global Meeting 2012 convened by CGAP and the Ford Foundation in Paris, July 18-19. To read the summary, please follow this link: http://graduation.cgap.org/library/reaching-the-poorest-global-meeting-2012-summary/
A recent global meeting in Paris acted as the first occasion for sharing the first tranche of substantive results from 10 pilot programs implemented across 8 countries around the world based on BRAC’s flagship program for reaching the ultra poor – Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction: Targeting the Ultra Poor, otherwise shortened to CFPR:TUP. …
On July 17, 2012 the CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program are holding the “Reaching the Poorest Pilot Meeting 2012” in Paris. Program implementers will attend the workshop. Documents from the Reaching the Poorest Pilot Meeting 2012 are below: Agenda Welcome PPT The “Do’s and Don’ts” of Targeting the Poorest: Overview, example from Ghana, and example from Peru. Considering …
Leaders in social development will participate in two-day forum for strengthening policies to address extreme poverty in the region.
People often move in and out of poverty, but current poverty measures don’t account for past poverty episodes. Yet the sequencing, severity and duration of those episodes are bound to affect the chances of people escaping poverty in the future. New research addressing these shortcomings, including the challenge of measuring trends in poverty more broadly, is being published in a special issue of the Journal of Economic Inequality, the leading journal on poverty and inequality measurement.
The recent Grameen Foundation study A Double Bottom Line Business Case for Serving Very Poor Households provides a new view of the double bottom line business case for designing and implementing separate product lines for very poor households.
Much of the experience with the CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation program so far has come from pilot projects in rural or remote communities, but with funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Bandhan was able to gather lessons from its work in urban areas that highlighted quite different challenges and opportunities in these settings.
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