Comité de Soutien de la Microfinance : towards a global and concrete approach of sustainability

The “Comité de Soutien de la Microfinance” was founded as an asbl (*) in 2007 in Luxembourg. Conference of the 21th June, Luxembourg Invited by the Comité de Soutien de la Microfinance, the non-profit-making organization Harambee France held on the 21th June a conference in Luxembourg dealing with a key-aspect of the development : training.. read more →

Development is not a matter of business

A friend of me has lent me the book « The fortune at the bottom of the pyramid » [1], as he thought it might provide some answers to my on-going reflections on how to launch the virtuous cycle of material prosperity among the poor. When reading through this book published by the Wharton School.. read more →

Put your money where it really worths…

  “Given that much of the blame for the recent crisis has been put on the financial sector, the crisis has also been perceived as a crisis of ethics for this sector. Socially-responsible investment is therefore increasingly at the heart of investors concerns on the long-term sustainability of their investment”. Jacques Santer *, former Luxembourg.. read more →

Beyond microfinance (3) : supporting the entrepreneurship

We opened the series “Beyond microfinance” on the 23th March 2010 with questioning whether granting a loan to a poor does really put him up to a better and safer living standard. In other words, does microfinance fit for sustaining economic growth ? This might come up to a disappointed hope among the public who.. read more →

“Poverty is the name of the game”

“Poverty is the name of the game …” … dixit Damian von Stauffenberg, founder and CEO of Microrate, Washington, one of the leading microfinance rating agencies. Kimanthi Mutua, President of the AMTF (African Microfinance Transparency Forum), Nairobi, describes the microfinance’s stake with other words : he outlines the permanent tension existing between financial return and.. read more →