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Charity needs capitalism to solve the world’s problems – FT.com

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/544c317a-42a2-11e1-93ea-00144feab49a.html#ixzz1kJUrzrXK By Bill Clinton Charity alone will not solve the world’s problems. Capitalism can help and at the same time put people back to work. There has always been a gap between what the government can provide and what the private sector can produce, a gap charities have long helped to fill. But as our world and …
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Road Map for the Microfinance Industry: Reaffirming Responsible and Client-Centered Microfinance

From the Microfinance CEO Working Group, January 2012 In less than 40 years, microfinance has spread around the world, today providing access to credit and other financial services to more than 205 million poor clients1, most of whom were previously ignored by mainstream financial institutions. From modest roots, microfinance has built a global network of …
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MFI Research Shows Clients Better Off Through Microfinance

May Kunmakara  Monday, 16 January 2012 A survey by Cambodian microfinancers showed debtors were better off in several respects than those who didn’t borrow from the institutions, MFI officials claimed.Responding to recent concerns over the role of microfinance institutions and the alleged role they played in creating poverty and loss of property in the Kingdom, …
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Social impact is an integral part of investors’ agenda – Citi Microfinance

    Microfinance Focus, January 17, 2012: Bob Annibale is Global Director of Citi Microfinance and Community Development. He leads Citi’s commercial relationships with microfinance institutions, networks and investors across the globe. Bob also represents Citi on the Board of the Microfinance Information Exchange, the Council of Microfinance Equity Funds, the SEEP Network, the Microfinance Network …
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Rebooting Philanthropy in Silicon Valley – NYT.com

Jim Wilson/The New York Times Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, with her husband, Marc Andreessen, the Netscape co-founder, says that she was drawn to philanthropy because of her mother’s early death from cancer. By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER Published: December 17, 2011, PALO ALTO, Calif. LAURA ARRILLAGA and Marc Andreessen are practically a royal couple around here. But when they met, on a New …
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The Year of Controversial Giving – Philanthrocapitalism in 2012

What does 2012 have in store for giving, especially the impact-driven approach to it we call “philanthrocapitalism”? Having peered into our philanthrocrystal ball, we see giving becoming more dangerous, more controversial, and more political, among other things, as philanthrocapitalists find themselves at the centre of some of the year’s biggest news stories. Here are our …
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Durbin Meets With Chicago’s Largest Microlender To Discuss Growing Small Business

[CHICAGO, IL] – Support for microfinance organizations that give small businesses and entrepreneurs access to credit will help spur our economic recovery and create jobs, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said today at a meeting with officials from ACCION, Chicago’s largest microlender, and the owners of Gourmet Gorilla, an organic school lunch catering company that …
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A second Polish microcredit provider under Progress Microfinance

11/01/2012   Inicjatywa Mikro, owned by Creation Investments Social Ventures Fund I and Balkan Financial Sector Equity Fund,  is joining the group of Polish microcredit providers under Progress Microfinance with a senior loan of up to EUR 4 million aimed at supporting the self-employed, in particular of the agricultural sector based in the South of Poland. Inicjatywa Mikro is …
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Impact Investing Continues to Gain Traction Among Wide Range of Investors – JPMorgan

Largest survey of impact investment market indicates more activity and interest going into 2012 December 14, 2011 – J.P. Morgan and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) released today Insight into the Impact Investment Market, which highlights 52 impact investors’ perspectives on the state of the industry, as well as data analysis on over 2,200 …
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Can Venture Capital Save The World?

(This article is the cover story of the December 19, 2011 issue of Forbes.)   Bahawalpur in eastern Pakistan is known for magnificent palaces built during the British Raj, but in the dusty part of town where most of the 400,000 residents actually live, four dozen farmers have gathered in the decidedly unpalatial concrete building that …