December 26, 2013

Here’s what happens when microfinance grows up

Modern microcredit, born in Bangladesh, was hailed as an innovative poverty fix when it appeared on the global radar. The United Nations dubbed 2005 “the year of microcredit,” and the following year, Mohammed Yunus and his Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize. Soon, however, the pendulum of hype swung the opposite direction, as scholars began to question the efficacy of microfinance.
September 14, 2012

In the City of Lights, a ray of hope for the ultra-poor

A recent global meeting in Paris acted as the first occasion for sharing the first tranche of substantive results from 10 pilot programs implemented across 8 countries around the world based on BRAC’s flagship program for reaching the ultra poor – Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction: Targeting the Ultra Poor, otherwise shortened to CFPR:TUP.
April 3, 2012

Event: 3ie-LIDC Seminar – Reaching the Poorest: Lessons from the Graduation Model

If you're in London, come see BRAC Development Institute's Syed Hashemi and Anasuya Sangupta discuss an effective model for reaching the very poorest. The Graduation model is based on BRAC's Ultra Poor programme in Bangladesh and is being piloted and scaled up in 10 countries around the world.
April 3, 2009

Findings from the BDI Conference on Programs for the Ultra Poor

BRAC University Development Institute (BDI) and CGAP arranged a meeting of staff from the three ultra poor pilot programs that have been the most advanced in "graduating" members. The meeting provided a platform for the pilots so that they could share their experiences, draw lessons from each other and determine next steps.