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Investing In Inclusion: How To Deliver Financial Services To The World’s Poor – Forbes

Editor’s Note: Michael Schlein brings more than 25 years of experience in international banking, management, and public service to his role as president and chief executive officer of Accion. Previously he served in senior executive roles at Citibank and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Modern financial markets exclude billions of the world’s poor. That’s a …
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LEAP Zones: A Legal, Economic, Administrative and Political Framework for Free Cities

Mark Klugmann April 20, 2012 | Universidad Francisco Marroquín | 10 min Click here to watch the video. An excellent session on the importance of legal, administrative and political structures to stimulate economic development. http://newmedia.ufm.edu/klugmannleapzones Mark Klugmann is the creator of the LEAP Zones model (a legal, economic, administrative and political framework for a free …
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Micro insurance coverage surges at tremendous pace

Microfinance Focus, April 15, 2012:  Micro insurance schemes worldwide have catapulted over the past five years. It now reaches an estimated 500 million worldwide, according to the Micro insurance Innovation Facility of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Munich Re Foundation. Not only does micro insurance aim to protect the poor against risks, but …
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IFC may lend $50 million to support Chinese microfinance market

Microfinance Focus, February 28, 2012: International Finance Corporation (IFC) has proposed to lend $50 million to Fullerton Credit, China, to increases financial access for the underserved micro and small business enterprises and the self-employed mass market. The loan will be extended in local currency RMB to Fullerton Credit, Sichuan, Fullerton Credit, Chongqing and Fullerton Credit, Hubei. …