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  • Indian Real Estate: Housing for the Poor or Another Debt Crisis?

    Like other rapidly developing nations, India has a housing problem. The rural-urban migration has overwhelmed cities like Mumbai, where the formally rural poor come to find new opportunity. Often times this migration is one indication of a country’s development. The major issue however is, where do all these people live? Up until now, more often […] More

  • The Microcredit Industry May Need a Bailout

    Believe it or not, this is not some twisted April Fool’s Day joke, but as highlighted in today’s New York Time article “India Microcredit Faces Collapse From Defaults”, is something that is actually taking place in India and could potentially be akin to the sub-prime crisis in the United States. This is clearly terrible news […] More

  • Is Fair Trade Really Fair?

    Like many other aspects of international development (microfinance, I’m looking at you), there is a wealth of literature on the value and outcomes of fair trade and for the most part, the results have been inconclusive. That’s not to say that there haven’t been some positive impacts, but like microfinance there are some definite drawbacks […] More

  • CDFIs: Community Investing as Part of Your SRI Portfolio

    Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) has become a nearly $3 trillion dollar industry in the United States.  Investors in SRI use screening and shareholder advocacy to influence corporations to improve their environmental practices, social impact and governance issues.  What I was surprised to find out was that community investing is the fastest growing area of SRI.  […] More

  • Mobilizing Change

    The founders from three bay area start-ups gathered in HUB’s first bay area home in front of a sold-out crowd to talk about their origins, give the audience – and each other – advice and insights on the “secret sauce” for creating impact. More

  • iPhone as Fundraiser

    Is there anything the iPhone can’t do?

    Shazam figures out what song you’re listening to. A pocket flashlight (not to mention a light saber) is only two taps away. And Yelp can get the phone number, directions and even a review of the place you’re trying to find and meet your friends at in a quarter of the time directory assistance, Safari, Google or any mapping software can do it. More

  • ACCION Invests in Tanzania’s Akiba Commercial Bank

    Investments, a for-profit company providing equity for microfinance institutions, and ACCION International, a leading nonprofit microfinance organization, today announced that they will invest in, and provide technical assistance to, Tanzania's Akiba Commercial Bank. The move is designed to help Akiba expand its operations and financial services, particularly in microfinance. ACCION Investments will take a 20 […] More

  • Banking 2.0- A New Source of Funds For Small Businesses

    The Person-to-Person (P2P) lending marketplace is an exchange where outsiders are allowed to lend at market rates and anyone who passes the underwriting is allowed to borrow.  This space has grown in part due to the  tightening of the conventional credit markets.  Forbes recently posted a fantastic overview in their Entrepreneur’s Guide to Person-To-Person Lending […] More

  • ECOBANK and ACCION Launch Microfinance Operations in Ghana

    ACCION Savings & Loan, a microfinance bank formed through a partnership between ACCION(R) International, a pioneer in microfinance program development, and ECOBANK, the leading pan-African bank, has received its license to begin microfinance operations in Ghana. EB-ACCION will open its doors today, April 1st, delivering microcredit, savings and micro-insurance products to the Ghanaian market, thus […] More

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