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August 2007

Let's talk about microfinance technology

Banks and microfinance institutions have been applying new technologies to increase lending volume, reduce costs and reach new customers. Seeking ways to further improve efficiency IFC, CGAP and Visa International will bring lenders and borrowers from over 40 countries to Washington, DC from September 17th to 19th.

Economic malaise? Call the flying executive

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Development agencies have long accepted the need to prioritize medical aid to the sick, but Jonathan Legard, Africa correspondent for the Economist, argues it is high time that business expertise should also be available on call to boost local economies.

Easy vs. effective aid - don't give in to distractions

Angelinajolie_2When Ms. Jolie appears on the screen calling for more aid, she not only distracts our attention toward her obviously good looks, she may also be distracting our attention away from the search for more effective solutions to helping the poorest around the world.