Monday, September 14, 2009

Engaging the Private Sector

I just interviewed Elisabeth Rhyne from ACCION about her new book and upcoming presentation to the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network on Engaging the Private Sector in Microfinance. While her book is geared more toward folks in the private sector, it may inspire some ideas for how MFI managers can engage with the private sector as well. If you're in the Silicon Valley, I encourage you to see her presentation in Santa Clara on September 15th.
For more information, read the interview here.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Does technology make your head spin?

For better or worse (I think better), technology is more frequently becoming a key part of product development in the microfinance world. However, for many of us, technology is confusing and intimidating. I grew up in the Silicon Valley, but after being away for 14 years working in microfinance abroad, I find myself sadly behind the technology curve. In an attempt to get myself up to speed on technology in emerging markets, I attended a presentation by Stephen Goodman of Sun Microsystems at the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network.

Read my interview with Stephen Goodman about "Technology and Emerging Market Models" here.