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Prioritizing Reproductive Health in 2017

In 2017 we find ourselves assessing a new global health landscape, and a shifting set of challenges. The reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule (or “Mexico City Policy”) by the Trump administration means that organizations worldwide providing women’s health services will lose significant funding, and the women they serve will suffer the consequences. Populations to…

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“The Pink Hats Were Awesome. Now Lets Deliver”

 Kevin Starr, Director of the Mulago Foundation, gets fired up in his article on the next steps for those working in social impact in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Starr like many of us, hit the streets for the Women’s March “I figure that’s the least I can do as a citizen. Those of us…

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The Hidden Impact of Microcredit

 Next Billion‘s January theme is microfinance and features articles by Timothy Ogden author of the research paper, “The Case for Social Investment in Microcredit”.  Ogden details some of the less obvious and overlooked positive impacts microfinance has had in lower-income countries. Read the articles: Yes, Microcredit Requires Subsidies…and That’s Great News    

Year End Reflections 2016

“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.” ― Leo Buscaglia Every year as the holiday season begins to permeate…

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The Case for Social Investment in Microcredit

“There are strong arguments for continued investment in microfinance. These arguments are based on, not in contradiction to, the recent evaluations of microcredit impact. That the average impact of access to microcredit is modest is not in serious doubt. However, every evaluation of the impact of microcredit shows that there are people who benefit, and…

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A Firsthand Look into Mexico’s Health Social Enterprise Landscape

While other sectors like microfinance have been on the radar of impact investors and market-minded philanthropists for over a decade, health social enterprises are generally a newer player to the scene. But the last few years have seen huge advances for these market-based health solutions globally, including in Latin America – particularly in Brazil, Colombia…

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Skoll World Forum April 2016

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.  Without them humanity cannot survive” – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama It was the first year for Linked Foundation to have the opportunity and privilege to attend the Skoll World Forum  in Oxford, England. The mission of the Forum is to highlight both thinking and action, and calls…

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Global Philanthropy & MCE Social Capital

One of Linked Foundation’s partners, MCE Social Capital, makes loans to organizations focusing on women living in poverty to improve their lives. MCE Social Capital CEO, Gary Ford, is featured in a fabulous article in Global Giving Matters. The article explains MCE’s guarantor model and his own personal investment in it. A family history of philanthropic involvement and life lessons continue…

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Delivering Essential Medicines to the Rural Poor, Sustainably

Linked Foundation, Global Partnerships, and Inter American Development Bank sponsored a Rural Pharmacies Workshop in Antigua, Guatemala last month. Representatives from four countries and seven organizations gathered to share their knowledge and challenges on developing sustainable market based solutions to delivering essential medicines to the rural poor. Agnes Cho, program associate, Global Partnerships reports on…

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A Tale of Three TISA’s

In November, Linked Foundation’s advisor, Kim Wilson, traveled to Guatemala to get a first hand look at the health store model, TISA, a program Mercy Corps and Linked initiated in 2009. Having worked in microfinance for over two decades as an advisor, lecturer and consultant for a multitude of national and international organizations focusing on…

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