Multiple global crises, such as the Ebola epidemic in western Africa, conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, and droughts in Central America have led to an increasing demand for food aid. But the aid is unsustainable, according to the United Nations’ (UN’s) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Program (WFP).
At last week’s 17th Microcredit Summit in Mérida, Mexico, stakeholders from the microfinance industry gathered to discuss how innovations in microfinance can help rid the world of extreme poverty.
In the field of development economics, the “last mile distribution challenge,” how to service the most geographically isolated corners of the world, is often portrayed as an amorphous concept that stumps social entrepreneurs around the world.
In our Investors Report for the second quarter of 2014, our Chief Investment and Operating Officer, Mark Coffey, highlights the important role intermediaries play within the impact investing sector, and presents five factors GP uses to evaluate our partners’ management and governance.
For two years, I lived and worked in the small farming community of Caisán. It’s home to about 200 families and is nestled in a world
For a young social enterprise, capital and the terms attached to it are the principal fuel for growth. Many start-ups see this as a catch-22.
I’ve always believed that helping others is one of the best ways to grow as a person. On a recent field visit to a village bank affiliated with Pro Mujer in Nicaragua, a microfinance institution (MFI) and partner of Global Partnerships (GP), I saw the real power of solidarity in action.
“Without the coffee, [the farmers] would have to sell their land,” said Alvaro Gomez Ferreto during his recent visit to our Seattle office. “They need to sell coffee to generate revenue.”