To be read with your 3 o’clock coffee.
Below is a round up of this week’s microfinance news. We thank our colleagues for the wonderful work they do in advancing our knowledge of best practices and innovations, as well as challenging us all to remain true to our social mission.
Articles generated by RESULTS leading into the Nutrition for Growth Summit June 8th in the UK
Good Nutrition Fuels Economic Growth
June 6, 2013
By Kul Chandra Gautam
Legions of economists have debated how to revive the economy since the global financial crisis struck in 2008. The latest indications — from the stock market and some of the world’s premier think tanks – suggest we may finally be on a path to recovery. But how do we ensure the future health of the global economy, they ask? Read more.
Press Release: World Bank Takes Action on Childhood Nutrition — Nearly Triples Direct Financing!
June 5, 2013
Today the World Bank announced a broad package of measures to accelerate progress on malnutrition, which is related to nearly half of all deaths of children under five according to data released today in The Lancet. The World Bank committed to nearly tripling direct financing for maternal and early childhood nutrition programs, increasing the nutrition impact of its investments in agriculture, tracking stunting—a result of chronic undernutrition—in its accountability scorecard, and scaling up technical support for countries with high burdens of stunting or underweight children. Read more.
U.S. should invest more in nutrition
June 5, 2013
John and Jan Bradley
Good nutrition is essential to healthy childhood development, which is necessary to sustain economic growth. Yet when it comes to U.S. foreign cooperation today, we’re simply not capitalizing on the opportunities that improving nutrition offers….A study by World Bank economists found that 165 million children under age 5 were stunted as a result of malnutrition in 2011,…[and] estimated malnutrition could cost a person 10 percent of total earnings over the course of a lifetime — and fully 2 to 3 percent of a country’s GDP. Read more.
VSLAs: Addressing the Evidence Gap on Child-level Outcomes
June 6, 2013
by Lindsey Parr
Evidence of the important role of savings in strengthening the economic status of poor households continues to grow, but there is a large knowledge gap on how Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs)—a common intervention to promote savings—affect the well-being of children. Two current research projects—the STRIVE Mozambique project implemented by Save the Children and managed by FHI 360, and the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) New Generation project in Burundi—aim to shed further light on this important topic.
May 30, 2013
By High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
…We outline five transformational shifts, applicable to both developed and developing countries alike, including a new Global Partnership as the basis for a single, universal post-2015 agenda that will deliver this vision for the sake of humanity.
We outline five transformational shifts, applicable to both developed and developing
countries alike, including a new Global Partnership as the basis for a single, universal post-2015 agenda that will deliver this vision for the sake of humanity.