Center for Financial Inclusion
The Center for Financial Inclusion Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International is an action, research center that works on behalf of the microfinance industry as a whole, serving as a bridge to leverage private-sector interest in microfinance. In collaboration with nonprofits, commercial banks, technology firms, regulators, universities and many others, the Center works to bring the best minds and expertise to bear on the challenges facing the industry as a whole.
Using tools such as convening, coalition building, research, information dissemination, training and piloting, the Center is dedicated to the proposition that low-income people deserve high quality regulated financial services, and that those services are best provided through sustainable, commercial programs that incorporate social purpose. For more information, read the CFI blog, follow CFI on Twitter, and like CFI on Facebook.
The UCLA Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER) is one of 33 centers located at top US universities that serve as national resources to faculty, students and the business community to facilitate the internationalization of management thinking and support global business teaching and applied research. As part of a suite of several key themes, UCLA CIBER creates agendas around research, teaching, and outreach dedicated to microfinance and pro-social international entrepreneurship. Annually, the Center supports global field studies at UCLA Anderson wherein MBA students provide critical analytic consulting to small and medium-sized MFIs, foundations, and cooperatives. Students have consulted across the globe in China, Vietnam, India, Nepal, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Nigeria, Brazil, Paraguay, Kenya, Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, Fiji, and the Samoan Islands. Clients have included ACCION, Oracle, Grameen Bank, Kiva, Unitus, SPBD, Women's World Bank, and FINCA. For more information: (Download PDF)
Dean Karlan at Innovations for Poverty Action
Innovations for Poverty Action is a nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world's poor. IPA designs and evaluates programs in real contexts with real people, and provides hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale. IPA strives to bridge the gap between cutting-edge academic research and action by nonprofits, governments, and firms. IPA shares the evidence they generate with development practitioners, policy-makers and donors. Where appropriate, IPA works closely with partners to facilitate the replication of effective programs in other areas of the world.