Posts written by Valeer Damen

Blog posts from Oikocredit UK

  1. It’s the context that matters

    12 February 2015 at 11:30 - by Valeer Damen - 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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  2. Oikocredit and the Client Protection Principles

    2 December 2014 at 10:02 - by Monica Middleton, Valeer Damen - 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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  3. Poverty and psychology

    25 November 2014 at 10:27 - by Monica Middleton, Valeer Damen - 0 comments

    Economist and blogger Sanne Blauw regularly writes about microeconomics, development economics and psychology. On her own blog, 'Out of the Blauw' ('Blauw means 'blue' in Dutch), she has written about a lesser-known impact of poverty: on psychology.


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  4. Investment always comes with responsibility

    11 November 2014 at 11:30 - by Monica Middleton, Valeer Damen - 0 comments


    Eugene Ellmen, responsible investment pioneer and national director of Oikocredit Canada, has co-authored a blog post about the wake-up call that the struggle against the  apartheid regime in South Africa sounded for all those who put their money in investments.


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  5. Would you recognise opportunity in West-Africa?

    4 November 2014 at 11:03 - by Monica Middleton, Valeer Damen - 0 comments

    Zian Lou Bonan is a vendor selling various fruits and vegetables at the Cocovico market in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

    The region we call 'West-Africa' is larger than the EU. Mariam Dao Gabala, who has been its regional manager for Oikocredit, talks about local conditions, challenges and opportunities.


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  6. Oikocredit signs the Global Investor Statement on climate change

    22 September 2014 at 15:15 - by Monica Middleton, Valeer Damen - 0 comments

    Barefoot Power

    Over on our international website, our managing director, David Woods, has written a blog post about the UN's Climate Summit in New York.


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