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Achieving Large Scale Smallholder Impact: A Case Study in Kenya
This brief explores the approach employed by Fintrac Inc. on the USAID Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES) project in its first two years of implementation, sharing successes and lessons learned.… Read More ›
Increasing Smallholder Access, Availability, and Utilization of Agro-Inputs in Cambodia
This paper briefly presents the literature suggesting the challenges and solutions in the context of Cambodia, then examines the Fintrac-implemented approach to stimulate private sector input supply and demand at the smallholder level. … Read More ›
Working out of Chronic Poverty: A Policy Guide
This Policy Guide examines policies and programmes to improve the quantity and quality of work for chronically poor people engaged in informal wage employment so that their hard work can contribute to poverty escapes.… Read More ›
Measuring Food Security at Freedom from Hunger
To measure the food security of a person, we have chosen a food security survey (FSS) instrument that was originally designed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to measure the food security levels of migrant populations in the United States. This survey instrument was adapted for the developing world context and field tested by researchers at Ohio State University and the USDA invarious countries around the world, most specifically in countries where Freedom from Hunger has major partners (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Bolivia, and the Philippines).
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Building Better Lives: Sustainable Integration of Microfinance and Education in Child Survival, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention for the Poorest Entrepreneurs
It is widely acknowledged that the very poor need more than microfinance to address the causes and conditions of their poverty. Ideally, the poor would have access to a coordinated combination of microfinance services and other development services to improve business, income and assets, health, nutrition, family planning, education of children, social support networks, and so on. The question is how to ensure a “coordinated combination” of appropriate services, especially in rural communities and other communities where multiple services are simply unavailable.… Read More ›
Economic-Strengthening Pathways for the Bottom Billion: Connecting the Dots
This report summarizes the main issues raised during the e-consultation, “Economic-Strengthening Pathways for the Bottom Billion: Connecting the Dots,” sponsored by Poverty Outreach Working Group of The SEEP Network, May 17–19, 2011. A complete transcript of the discussion is available at http://tinyurl.com/2011econsult.
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Poverty Outreach Progress Brief: Moving the World's Poorest Families out of Poverty
In the year 2000, the United Nations created the Millennium Declaration based on the principles of freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature, and shared responsibility, with a resolution to 'halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion... … Read More ›
Trickle Up’s Microenterprise Seed Capital and Matched Savings for Very Poor People Living with HIV/AIDS in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Promising Practices Series)
This case study describes Trickle Up’s collaboration with W.O.M.E.N., a small Cambodian NGO that provides home health care services and health education to slumdwellers affected by HIV/AIDS in Phnom Penh. As part of a two-year pilot project,funded by the Elton John Aids Foundation, Trickle Up has provided $100 seed capital grants to families in W.O.M.E.N.’s home health care program to start or expand microenterprises.
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Activists for Social Alternatives, India: Case Study on Dalit Women (Promising Practices Series)
Activists for Social Alternatives (ASA) commenced operations in 1986 in Tamil Nadustate as a facilitating agent to empower the poor dalit women. ASA’s objective is to alleviate poverty and enhance the standard of living for rural poor women, dalits, landless labourers, smalland marginal farmers on a sustained basis towards achieving a better socio-economic and political status by meeting their credit and savings needs for income generation activities,agriculture, and entrepreneurial ventures. After having seen a success in intermediating micro-financial services as one of its core activities and received a significant demand from the target poor around Tamil Nadu state, ASA decided to scale up. That is, ASA has set a goal to reach100,000 members by 2005 and 200,000 members by 2010. More details on the country contextas well as the origin, present status and future goals of ASA are discussed in the next sections.
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STRIVE Activity Brief #1: The Afghan Secure Futures (ASF) Project
An activity under STRIVE, the Afghanistan Secure Futures (ASF) initiative enhanced economic opportunities for youth in Afghanistan by targeting youth apprentices. … Read More ›
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