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Blog / September 30, 2014

USFD Project Releases New Report on Informal Finance

People run their financial lives with a variety of tools. The first tools that come to mind are likely to be formal, like checking accounts and credit cards. But households often use informal tools...

Blog / September 26, 2014

The FAIV: Week of September 22, 2014

1. Impact Evaluations:  Most impact evaluations look at interventions to improve the lives of the poor, but are they actually making poor people’s lives better? The World Bank -...

Blog / September 26, 2014

FAI's Jonathan Morduch on "The Hidden Tragedy of the Poor"

Recently Upsides sat down with FAI’s Jonathan Morduch to discuss his views on the current state of microfinance and his current project – US Financial Diaries.  Morduch highlights...

Blog / September 24, 2014

Video: What's Behind Door #3? Investment in Migration for the World's Poor

  This week’s UN General Assembly meetings brought renewed attention to the set of global goals that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015. The...

Blog / September 19, 2014

The FAIV: Week of September 15, 2014

1. Credit:  In 2013, 4 million workers, or about 3% of all employees, had wages garnished for a consumer debt in 2013 - sometimes at rates of up to 25% per paycheck. ProPublica 2. Poverty in...