Partnering to End Extreme Poverty

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“Together we can achieve an important milestone in human history. A world that is free—truly free—from extreme poverty.”
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A Commitment to the Future

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The work that took place is a moment in history when the industry has rededicated itself to the mission of using microfinance to help end poverty.EspañolFrançais Continue reading

Creating Solutions for Social Problems

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“Invest in us and change the world.” That’s what social business is all about. —Muhammad Yunus EspañolFrançais Continue reading

A Comprehensive Approach to Helping the Poor Lift Themselves out of Poverty

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“Poverty is a complex matter. We need multiple solutions, synergy, leverageability, scalability; we all need to work together and do much more.” —Roshaneh Zafar, Kashf Foundation Español Français Continue reading

Full Financial Inclusion for Social Change

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Artfully moderated by Dr. Sipho Moyo of the ONE Campaign, the plenary session “Building the Ecosystem for Financial Inclusion while Protecting Clients” at the 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit highlighted the advancement of the Maya Declaration in select developing countries.

The Maya Declaration, the first of its kind, is a commitment by developing countries to make significant progress in financial inclusion. This plenary session showcased the progress the Philippines, India, and Bangladesh have made thus far and the role policy makers play in bringing about full financial inclusion.

Showcasing the progress the Philippines, India, and Bangladesh have made thus far toward the Maya Declaration.

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Partnering in New Approaches to Old Challenges

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Partnerships can create opportunities for people living in poverty where no single actor could provide the multitude of services needed by the poor on their own EspañolFrançais Continue reading

Opening Ceremony Sets the Tone for 2013 Summit

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“Together we can achieve an important milestone in human history. A world that is free—truly free—from extreme poverty.” — World Bank President Jim Yong Kim EspañolFrançais Continue reading

A Declaration in Support of the Independence of Grameen Bank

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Reflections from the 2013 Summit – Last and third day + Closing Ceremony!

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The third and final day of our Summit was just as eventful and exciting as the first two. The day started off with the “Social Business: Creating solutions for social problems” plenary, moderated by Imelda Nicolas, Secretary of the Commission … Continue reading

When Helping is Seen as a Luxury by Marisse Galera

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…I had been conditioned to draw my eyes away from the poverty that surrounded me, to cringe at the touch of a dirty hand reaching out, and to generally be disgusted with the people who need my help the most…I realized that the only thing I was really willing to give were rejects and rejection…As people who have faced constant rejection, what the poor need the most is empowerment, and this can be done through offering social protection and inclusion. As Gov. Tetangco said, we have given them access to microcredit from formal financial service providers, and the challenge is how to reach out to the millions of people who live in extreme poverty…Alleviating millions of people from extreme poverty is possible, but it requires a change of perspective, and more importantly, a change in the system. Continue reading

Reflections from the 2013 Summit: Summary of Day 1, October 9th 2013 OPENING CEREMONY… and Preview of Day 2, October 10th 2013

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The opening ceremony started of with a speech from Mr. Larry Reed, the Director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign and  Mrs. Mila Mercado Bunker, the President of Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI), and Chairperson of the Microfinance Council of the … Continue reading

Reflections from the 2013 Summit: Press Conference; Expanding Value Chains to Include the Poor

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The key question in this workshop session was how to help include the poor in value chains; poor producers are generally too small to transact directly with large buyers. This exclusion leads to the poor selling to small poor buyers … Continue reading

Reflections from the 2013 Summit: An Interview with the “Father of Microfinance” – Dr. Yunus

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The much anticipated talk with Dr. Yunus was the key highlight of the opening session at the Partnerships against Poverty 2013. Dr. Yunus began microfinance in Bangladesh around 37 years back, starting initially as a lender to the poor, then … Continue reading