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Onshore Fish Farms Flourish in Gaza

Developments

In less than a year, an onshore fish farm in Gaza has more than tripled the amount of fish it grows and sells by applying technology and assistance from Read More


Getting Back to Business in Post-Conflict Gaza

Developments

Fall 2015

When a business is put out of commission by war, it can take only a small investment—done rapidly in a post-conflict environment—to put it back on its feet, creating employment...

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Growing a Global Network of Microfinance Practitioners

Developments

Fall 2015

The European Commission (EC) is one of the world’s leading exponents of access-to-finance programming, known particularly for initiatives such as mentoring local banks and developing loan programmes for small businesses...

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Serving the Missing Middle

Developments

Not long ago, Aynalem Gebryes had nowhere to turn to borrow money, despite having a steady income from fattening cattle, producing milk, growing potatoes, and selling directly to local hotels...

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Monitoring Our Assumptions

Developments

Spring 2015

For many of the world’s poor, usable land is in short supply. In Africa, for example, more than 90 percent of rural land is undocumented and vulnerable to land-grabbing and...

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We Need Disruption in Financial Inclusion

Developments

Innovation

Microcredit was a business model disruption in the banking sector. Today, to offer the full range of high-quality financial services required by the majority of the world’s people, we need...

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Pro-Poor Business Law and Regulatory Reform

Developing Alternatives

Winter 2013

Urbanization, globalization, and structural changes in the economies of many developing countries have contributed to the rapid growth of informal urban economies. In some Sub-Saharan countries, for example, up to...

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Building Economic Resilience Among the Poor

Developing Alternatives

Winter 2013

Like everyone else, poor people depend on markets. They depend on markets to sell what they produce and to purchase goods in time of need. They operate in labor and...

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Market Trends and Resilience

Developing Alternatives

Winter 2013

The resilience of producers in developing countries depends on their ability to adapt to constant change in domestic, regional, and international markets. Changes in end-markets—primarily driven by technological advances—changes in...

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The Macroeconomic Resilience of Nations

Developing Alternatives

Winter 2013

Macroeconomic resilience is a country’s ability to weather economic shocks. This article presents a practical tool—composed of a set of indicators and a means to visualize them—for measuring the macroeconomic...

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The Partnership Fund

Developments

Winter 2013

Prior to the fall of Siad Barre’s dictatorship in Somalia, all banks were owned by the state. When Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991, the nascent government did not...

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Facilitating e-Banking in the Philippines

Developments

Winter 2013

Most Filipino households and small businesses operate in a cash economy. Because many lack access to banks or formal financial services, they face a major barrier to economic advancement.

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Microinsurance: Does it Pay Off for the Poor?

Developments

Financial Inclusion

Microinsurance, much like microcredit, seeks to bring financial products and services typically reserved for middle and upper classes to the poor. Its particular promise is to offer low-income consumers protection...

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Savings Groups and Financial Inclusion

Developments

Financial Inclusion

In villages across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, millions of people are meeting regularly in groups of 10 to 30 people to save and borrow small amounts of money, and...

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How to Unlock the Potential of Mobile Money

Developments

Financial Inclusion

It’s hard to imagine a more explosive, transformative, and empowering trend than the growth of the mobile phone sector in Africa. In 1998 there were fewer than 4 million phones...

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Financial Education: Time for a Re-Think?

Developments

Financial Inclusion

Financial education is often touted as being essential for low-income people. But traditional financial education in both poor and rich contexts too often takes a didactic, classroom-based approach to conveying...

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Does Microfinance Work?

Developments

Financial Inclusion

Does microfinance work? This question has been intensively researched and hotly debated in the development community over the past few years. The answer depends on what you mean by the...

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Beyond Financial Inclusion

Developments

Financial Inclusion

The term ‘financial inclusion’ has rapidly entered the mainstream policy discourse in the past seven years. Outside of its natural home in the development community and the financial sector, it...

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Are the Pacific Islands Ripe for Mobile Money?

Developments

Financial Inclusion

Characterised by a young, poor, and isolated population with a strong need for basic financial services and fast-growing usage of mobile phones, the Pacific island countries-14 islands spread over 30...

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Unleashing Cambodian Technical Knowledge

Developments

Spring 2013

One of DAI’s most wide-reaching economic growth projects marked its close at the end of 2012 with a remarkable tally of results that speak to the success of an approach...

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Economic Empowerment Strategies for Afghan Women

Developments

Summer 2012

It was just a generation ago that many women in Afghanistan thrived in academia and the professional workplace. Their standing in society, like that of less privileged Afghan women, has...

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