At Kiva, we value being in tune with the current news, research, and findings, so each week we are going to bring you the latest updates in Microfinance!

In this post, we cover the following: an FAI interview with Yale development economist Dean Karlan, innovative programs encouraging savings for girls, the challenges of microfinance in the United States, a recent speech about the state of the microfinance industry, and much much more!

If you can only read one:

source: Financial Access Initiative Blog
Yale development economist Dean Karlan shares his thoughts on how to channel the microfinance industry to greater effect. In this interview with FAI he discusses what works and what doesn’t in terms of alleviating or eradicating poverty. Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel are the authors of a new book, More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty. Karlan founded Innovations for Poverty Actions and is also a co-founder of FAI and Appel.


If you can read more than one….

source: CGAP Microfinance Blog
Kiva Field Partner XacBank in Mongolia participates in innovative programs encouraging savings for girls.

source: Center for Financial Inclusion Blog
This blog post on impact investing was written by Kiva Fellow Alumna Julie Shea.

source: Center for Financial Inclusion Blog
Kiva holds a firm commitment to client protection. The specialized microfinance rating agencies have contributed knowledge on worst practices that further help to define what the standards should be in keeping clients first in microfinance.

source: Microfinance Gateway
Learn more about challenges of microfinance in the United States.

source: Center for Financial Inclusion Blog
Peru has taken a stand against client over-indebtedness through a new initiative.

source: David Roodman's Microfinance Blog
Microfinance academic David Roodman recently gave a speech about the history and impacts of microfinance.

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