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Blog posts from Oikocredit UK

  1. Rain and smallholder farmers: A gift to some, a curse to others

    26 January 2017 at 19:39 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    The Philippines is the world’s third highest risk area for natural disasters. Frequent typhoons and cyclones bring excessive rain and wind, threatening the livelihoods of around 60% of the poorest groups who tend to live in rural communities and must also contend with rising sea levels, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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  2. The high price tag behind the SDGs and why investors need to get behind them

    13 May 2016 at 14:39 - by Eugene Ellmen - 0 comments

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    Up to £4.8 trillion will be needed every year to achieve the sustainable development goals on infrastructure, clean energy, water, sanitation and agriculture. Governments alone won’t be able to handle this.

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  3. Do you agree with Angus Deaton?

    20 October 2015 at 10:29 - by David Woods - 0 comments


    With the announcement of the 2015 Nobel Prizes earlier this month, it was interesting to see the economics prize going to Angus Deaton, a Scottish professor (albeit based in the US) with outspoken views on inequality, foreign aid and poverty measurement — all issues central to Oikocredit’s work and mission.

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  4. Can organic principles be hypocritical?

    1 October 2015 at 09:20 - by David Woods - 0 comments


    Investors in Oikocredit regularly ask us to do two things: finance organic agriculture and stay away from anything related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). While we understand both standpoints, we must balance these requests with our mission to empower the disadvantaged, including in situations where alternatives to GMOs cannot be accessed.

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  5. At the forefront of sustainable development using investors’ capital

    2 July 2015 at 13:51 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments


    40 years of existing is reason enough to celebrate. But even more so when one’s birth marked the beginning of a world-wide movement founded on the principles of justice, self-reliance and economic empowerment for all, with a mission to alleviate conditions of poverty by providing credit and resources to the most disadvantaged, financially-excluded, “unbankable” communities in the world.

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  6. 40 years of providing opportunities to develop

    20 March 2015 at 00:07 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments


    As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, Oikocredit hosted a dinner on 11 February for the partners and peers attending Biofach, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food. This year Biofach attracted 2,348 exhibitors, representing 76 countries to discuss all things fair trade and organic.

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  7. How our first development loan in 1978 looks today

    19 March 2015 at 23:56 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments


    In India, around 300 million of its 1.2 billion inhabitants live below the $1.25 a day poverty line. When Oikocredit began operations 40 years ago, the number was almost the same, with around 320 million people living below the poverty line. In 1978, India’s mortality rate was estimated at 14.2%*. In this context, Oikocredit granted its first ever loan in India to finance housing loans for low-income earners in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu.

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  8. It’s the context that matters

    12 February 2015 at 11:30 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    What beats people-watching? People-watching-people-watching-people. 

    Having a layover at Dubai Airport en route to India for my first time means I get to see humanity in all its diversity in an exciting new place. However, as soon as I start expecting to be surprised, I realise you would see exactly the same on any Saturday in Amsterdam:  women in full traditional dress, hand in hand with husbands; men in faded T-shirts; women in leggings and halter neck tops, and men with traditional head-dress and ankle-length robes.  As I stand around and watch for a little while, I notice all of us watching one another. And, occasionally I catch the smiles, particularly at one another’s children…because everyone seems to smile where children are concerned.

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  9. Oikocredit: Then and Now

    9 February 2015 at 13:30 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    This year Oikocredit celebrates its 40th anniversary as a cooperative - 40 years of lending investors’ capital to partner organisations, in order to help disadvantaged people in developing countries build their businesses, support their families, sustain their communities and help protect the planet.

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  10. Oikocredit and the Client Protection Principles

    2 December 2014 at 10:02 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments


    Eugene Ellmen, the national representative of our office in Canada, is an expert on social impact investing. He regularly blogs on In April 2013, he wrote a nice post about safeguarding microfinance clients' protection.


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