Diminution de la pauvreté

Microfinance: An Island of Stability in the Global Economic Storm

The global financial crisis is opening eyes to creative ways to bank with the world's poorest borrowers, a move that could actually help struggling financial institutions generate more profit in difficult times.

While traditional investment markets freeze up or melt away, microfinance institutions (MFIs) that make small loans to poor people are now being appreciated as - ironically - a relatively safe investment in a potentially huge and largely untapped market. 


From Favela to Fashion

'You can see the invisible!'

This is what Tete Romeiro was told when did the unexpected and paid off a bank loan, long before it was due, for the building that she built for the women's sewing cooperative she founded in the early 1980s.

And it’s true. She was able to see what others could not: the potential for a successful high fashion business in a Brazilian shantytown.


Legitimizing Trash Recycling in Argentina: Claiming Dignity, Safety and Economic Opportunity for Trash Recyclers in Buenos Aires

One of four persons in Argentina is unemployed in the wake of the nation's recent economic meltdown. Hundreds of people in Buenos Aires, the capital city, are trying to support themselves and their families by scavenging recyclable materials from the garbage. Scavenging, however, is a marginal, disreputable and unhealthy activity that is subject to police prosecution.






Education Quality Improvement Programme, (EQUIP), Kenya and Uganda


EQUIP addresses the key issues which stop rural Ugandan schools providing a decent education: poor learning environments, a lack of community participation and low capacity of teachers and managers. EQUIP seeks to promote quality education by empowering parents, communities and school management to sustainably improve the quality of education provided.

When a Mountain Trek is a Monumental Leap – for Women

Lucky Chhetri came up with a plan to help tourists and improve the lives of Nepalese women at the same time, after hearing numerous stories from female trekkers who'd had uncomfortable -- or worse -- experiences with their male guides.


Open Africa

le secteur de la société civile

Open Africa is a collaborative movement with the vision to link the splendours of Africa in a network of tourism routes from the Cape to Cairo with the aim of creating jobs in symbiosis with conservation in rural and marginalized areas.

Meeting Disaster - How to Prepare


A few months shy of the anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, the world has witnessed multiple disaster tragedies including Hurricane Katrina in the United States, and the recent earthquake in Kashmir that focus our attention once again on pressing questions: How can we as societies be better prepared for disaster? How can we respond more quickly and more efficiently? How can we address the underlying problems of marginalized and poor communities to lessen their vulnerability to these catastrophes?

How to Create Market-Based Strategies that Benefit Low-Income Communities


Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship Initiative and Changemakers have launched a global search for innovative market-based strategies from both businesses and citizen sector organizations that improve the lives of low-income individuals in different parts of the world. This article describes the conceptual framework for the competition that will be ongoing until October 20, 2005.