Get Out the Give on #GivingTuesday!

The retail sector has benefited for years from coordinating national shopping days around the holidays. Everyone knows “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday.” But this year, for the second year in a row, something unique will take place on December 3, 2013: #GivingTuesday.#...
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Microfinance Program Staff Journal Entry: Afro-Optimism

This journal entry was submitted by The Hunger Project's Senior Microfinance Program Officer, Sonia Rahal.In Cotonou, I believe once more in Africa.All around me, I felt an energy that I haven’t known for a long time. The lively THP meetings didn’t hold any of the...
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Measuring Empowerment: The Columbia SIPA Team’s Experience in Mexico and Benin

In March 2013, a Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) team of six split into two and embarked on field visits to two country offices: Mexico and Benin. In addition to seeking a better understanding of The Hunger Project's (THP's) mission and activities on...
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10 Things You Need to Know About Hunger in 2013

How many hungry people are there in the world and is the number going down? What effect does hunger have on children and what can we do to help them? Here are 10 facts that go some way to explaining why hunger is the single biggest solvable problem facing the world today. ...
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The 2013 Human Development Report: The Rise of the Global South

The 2013 Human Development Report, The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World was released on March 14 in Mexico by President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark. This year's report...
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Top 10 Trends in Ending Hunger and Poverty During 2012

This year saw a continuation and expansion of many of the positive trends in last year’s list: civil society consultation, gender mainstreaming, transparency, small farmer empowerment.  And it saw new initiatives to fill gaps in achieving the MDGs. Yet we also witnessed...
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Financial Access Taken for Granted, No Less Crucial

In a recent article on financial access, Tilman Ehrbeck, the CEO of CGAP (an independent microfinance policy and research center housed at the World Bank) reminds us why it is so important. As he says: "Imagine life without access to formal financial services: without a deposit...
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A Review of Road Map for the Microfinance Industry: Focusing on Responsible and Client-Centered Microfinance

Comprised of members representing eight different microfinance organizations, the Microfinance CEO Working Group meets once a month to discuss the challenges practitioners face within the industry and to develop collective responses. In their latest brief they highlight three...
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The Great Microfinance Debate

In a recent article on The Guardian’s Poverty Matters Blog, Claire Provost addresses some of the history and criticisms of microfinance in a review of a new book by David Roodman called Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry Into Microfinance.What both Provost and Roodman seem to...
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World Wide Wrap-Up - February 3, 2012

Our world is on the brink of change – change for the better. New policies, new ideas and new technology bring us ever closer to the end of poverty, disease and hunger each day. But with these rapid changes comes a deluge of information. So, beginning in 2012, we at the THP Blog...
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