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Finance

Investing in Friends

Small investment groups called chamas are a big phenomenon in Kenya. People join to purchase land, start a business, or even to buy their Friday night beers.

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“It Is Good to Be a Banker”

Marcos Eguiguren is Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). He explains in an interview how bankers foster social change.

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Remittances: Helpful for Development?

Migrants often send back money to their families. Laura Thompson explains the possibilities and limitations of remittances as a tool for development.

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Nigeria: Wonder Banks Debunked

Dubious banks take advantage of the poor in Nigeria. The mini-series “E-Go Better” educates farmers about the risks and chances of microfinance.

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A Deeper Look: Women's Economic Empowerment Through Microfinance

Instead of reducing gender inequalities, the current policy of financial institutions contributes to structural discrimination against women.

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Who Uses Microfinance

The microfinance customer: low income and rural

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Transparency in Microfinance

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The Integrity Strategy of the African Development Bank

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Financing Development: Feasible Paths Through the Mine Field

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Public Development Finance: Old Commitments – New Challenges

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Reinventing Money – A Community Exchange System

What we need to prevent financial crises is an entirely new operating system: a new exchange system.

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Cracking Down on Speculation

How speculation on food commodities raises food prices in developing countries.

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