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What’s Next for Accion

By Michael Schlein Three billion people live in or near poverty. They are left out of, or poorly served by,...

Up for Review: the Client Protection Principles at Fundación Paraguaya

Up for Review: the Client Protection Principles at Fundación Paraguaya

Consider this the sequel to my last story about the Client Protection Principles. Planet Rating is visiting this week to conduct...

Protecting clients in microfinance

Protecting clients in microfinance

Imagine you are a farmer with a few scattered small plots of land where you cultivate beans, peanuts and maize....

Relationship-building with Bancompartir

Relationship-building with Bancompartir

In addition to working with Accion’s hub office here in Bogotá, I’m also getting a project off the ground with Bancompartir,...

A first week full of firsts

A first week full of firsts

My first week as an Accion Ambassador went by in a flash, but being assigned to Accion’s partner Akiba Commercial...

How the Internet saved my Ambassadorship

How the Internet saved my Ambassadorship

The hope I had to go to Dar Es Salaam while writing my fist post is now all faded. Long...

The Future of Microfinance: Transparency, Accountability, and Client Protection

The Future of Microfinance: Transparency, Accountability, and Client Protection

Over the last decade, the microfinance industry has been challenged over its efficacy as a development strategy, and whether lending...

Can’t buy me love?

Can’t buy me love?

Love, to most of us, is one of those things that just has no easy measure, similar to art or to happiness....

Mystical microfinanze

Mystical microfinanze

Compartamos, Mother Teresa  and La Mística One thing that captivated my attention from the first day at Compartamos was the...