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Oikocredit International Newsletter
October 2012

Focus on agriculture

One in four of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas. Many of them – from farmers to seasonal workers – one way or another rely on agricultural activities to meet their daily needs. In this edition we look at the different aspects and challenges of agriculture as a poverty alleviation tool.

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Environmental education in Bolivia

Over 100,000 Bolivian women received training on health and environmental issues under a joint programme of Bolivian microfinance institution CRECER and Oikocredit.


Growing economies with agriculture

Oikocredit's agricultural strategy, launched in 2010, aims to expand its agricultural portfolio of projects outside microfinance to 30% over the next five years.


Combating the grab for land

Following increasing reports of land grabbing in many developing countries, Oikocredit is providing funds for cooperatives to buy their own land.


Oikocredit appoints David Woods as new managing director

Oikocredit is pleased to announce David Woods has accepted the role as new Managing Director of Oikocredit International. He will join Oikocredit 1 November 2012 and officially take up his post 1 January 2013, replacing Ben Simmes, who will be retiring after serving Oikocredit for sixteen years in a number of key roles.


Interview: The changing face of microfinance

In 2009, Oikocredit identified the worrying trend of microfinance clients taking on too much debt and declared action to ensure client welfare remained the industry’s top priority. Ben Simmes, Managing Director Oikocredit, shares his view on how microfinance has changed, and what the industry needs for the future.


New Grameen report on poverty outreach in the Philippines

Grameen Foundation has published a new report, co-funded by Oikocredit, entitled Poverty Outreach of Selected Microfinance Institutions in the Philippines.


Oikocredit West Africa launches social performance mentoring programme

Oikocredit West Africa and Terrafina Microfinance are launching a joint social performance management (SPM) mentoring programme in Saint-Louis, Senegal. The main objective of the programme is to support five MFI networks to identify areas where they can improve with regards to client focus and social performance.


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