Experience has shown that microcredit programs in developing countries can improve their efficiency by structuring their interest rates and fees to eventually cover their operating and financial costs. Though the economic context in industrialized countries is radically different, the Summit encourages programs in these countries to explore ways of becoming self-sufficient so that, to the greatest extent possible, their operating costs will be covered through direct revenue from program services.
Last week, the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) and TalkPoverty.org presented a fantastic webinar on the importance of telling your story. As advocates, we may understand the value of statistics, lobby meeting “leave behinds”, and fact sheets, but we sometimes forget the need for powerful stories.
As RESULTS gears up for our annual International Conference, we are looking for ways to elevate the voices of the real experts in poverty, and support them to tell their story – a key element in creating change.
This blog post was cross-posted from Cynthia Changyit Levin’s blog (@ccylevin), Anti-Poverty Mom: Raising my voice & my kids.
To all my readers raising tiny children and learning to advocate, I’m going to say something to you that may sound a little crazy. I think it’s time you go to an advocacy conference in Washington D.C. Many advocacy organizations with a national presence that have been around for a good number of years have conferences in D.C. where you can learn from experts about your issue, hear inspirational speakers, and lobby your members of Congress. If you can rustle up the child care, I think you should find one you like and go to it!Join us at the 2015 RESULTS International Conference to learn new skills, hear from experts, and raise your voice on Capitol Hill this July 18th to 21st. Español | Français | Continue reading →
We are pleased to bring you this #ThursdayThrowback blog post, which was originally published in The State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2004. The RESULTS International Conference is only three weeks away (July 18-21), and grassroots activists from the U.S. and around the world will be in D.C. to lobby the USAID Administrator and World Bank Directors.
In this introduction to the State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report, rather than presenting a neat, uncontested picture of the field of microcredit seen solely from the Campaign’s perspective, we think it useful to listen to the challenges and opposition to what the Campaign and these parliamentarians have championed, coming as it does from some of the most influential institutions in development. In the pages that follow, we invite you to listen in on debates that contrast the views of the World Bank and CGAP with those of industry leaders like BRAC founder Fazle Abed, Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus, and the Microcredit Summit Campaign. What follows are excerpts from the World Bank and CGAP’s responses to the 700 parliamentarians, along with reactions from the Microcredit Summit Campaign.
“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 FrançaisContinue reading →
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Congratulations to this week’s winner of the Raffle for Institutional Action Plan Submitters: RIFIDEC, Regroupement des Institutions du Système de Financement Décentralisé du Congo RIFIDEC supports microfinance in DRC RIFIDEC, the consortium of decentralized finance system in Congo, was created … Continue reading →
Congratulations to this week’s winner of the Raffle for Institutional Action Plan Submitters: Albanian Savings & Credit Union! Social Guarantee: A Success Factor in Achieving Sustainability Albanian Savings & Credit Union (ASC Union) has broad experience in offering microfinance services for … Continue reading →
Congratulations to this week’s winner of the Raffle for Institutional Action Plan Submitters: Banco do Planalto Norte! Submit your IAP to be included in the next Raffle (download the IAP | submit your completed IAP) Banco do Planalto Norte, the colloquial name … Continue reading →
Back in 2002, I found myself in rural Zambia sitting with a group of borrowers trying desperately to understand their lives; as it was my first encounter with microcredit, the ladies were getting increasingly frustrated with my ignorance. One of … Continue reading →