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Indian woman farmer - women-led sme

Women-led SMEs and the finance challenge

5 March 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - Journal of sustainable finance and banking: Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking co-wrote a piece for the February 2015 issue with Matthew Gamser of the SME Finance Forum and Michael Koenitzer of the World Economic Forum. The piece explores the market opportunity of financing women-led SMEs and features findings from the recent report Women's World Banking published on how to best serve the women-led SME market. read more
Tim Gocher - founder of Dolma Impact Fund

A private equity primer for Nepal – interview with Dolma Impact Fund founder Tim Gocher

4 March 2015
The successful launch of the Dolma Impact Fund may very well prove to be a turning point for Nepal, one of Asia’s poorest countries. Dolma is the first international private … read more
sweet potatoes

Bangladeshi potatoes turning heads in the Andes

3 March 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - This week our friends from Next Billion posted a must-read blog about an experiment on potato cultivation for small farmers in Bangladesh, reducing costs quite dramatically while keeping the quality high. read more
Photograph by Brett Matthews-Cambodia

The goldilocks conundrum of MFI returns in Cambodia

27 February 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS – At the end of each month, Upsides publishes a high-quality white paper. We kick off with an analysis by Mekong Strategic Partners of the MFI sector in Cambodia, in particular the returns which are being generated and how they drive further outreach and financial inclusion. The analysis demonstrates how uniquely in Cambodia the Urban centres such as Phnom Penh, are in fact - along with FDI i.e. FMO and Triodos - funding the investment and growth into the rural sector. This is not typical and further demonstrates the success they are having at rural outreach and financial inclusion under a world class regulatory environment. read more