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Myth: People Living "Hand-to-Mouth" Don’t Need a Bank Account

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Microfinance: Empowering or exploiting the poor?

We’ve all heard about microfinance, the practice of giving small loans to the poor to boost their small businesses. Muhammed Yunus, widely considered the godfather of microfinance, won the Nobel Peace Prize a few years ago. But since then, microfinance has been gaining more and louder critics who see the institution as more exploitive, trapping … Continue reading →


From Pastor to Investor

Below is Part II of an interview with Scott Lawson, a pastor who became an impact investor at age 48. Read on to learn more about his career change and his advice for other career changers. (See Part I for more on impact investing and Scott’s organization, SOW Asia Foundation.) You were a pastor. How […][This is the RSS feed for Tomorrow Global, written by Lorea Russell, Danielle Parsons, and Alanna Shaikh]


Jordan: SAP HCM/PY ABAP Analyst Programmer, Jordan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan Closing date: 13 Jun 2013 TERMS OF REFERENCE UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff.


occupied Palestinian territory: Senior External Relations and Projects…

Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Closing date: 22 Jun 2013 UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST UNRWA UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff.


occupied Palestinian territory: Field Programme Support Officer (source:…

Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Closing date: 11 Jun 2013 UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST UNRWA UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.


Microfinance in India rebounds

The anti-poverty strategy known generally as microfinance has had a tumultuous time over the past few years – from being initially oversold as THE solution to reducing global poverty to then getting widespread condemnation as a money-making scheme that exploits the poor. Indian microlenders were responsible for much of the approbriation due to excessive profit-taking … Continue reading →


India goes big on ‘cash transfer’ scheme to fight poverty

This isn’t new news, but the New York Times has recently spotlighted India’s large-scale ‘cash transfer’ scheme to help its most needy citizens. The concept of a cash transfer is pretty simple – give poor people money rather than give money to organizations that help poor people. Putting it into practice may not be so … Continue reading →


Libya: Country Director Libya (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Country: Libya Closing date: 28 Feb 2013 Department: National Coordination Position: Country Director Contract duration: 6 months renewable Location: Libya Starting Date ASAP I. Background on ACTED ACTED is an independent international, private, non-partisan and non-profit organization that operates according to principles of strict neutrality, political and religious impartiality, and non discrimination. ACTED was created in 1993 to support populations affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. Based in Paris, France, ACTED now operates in 30 countries worldwide, with over 200 international and 4000 national staff. ACTED has a 100 million € budget for over 350 projects spanning 8 sectors of intervention; including emergency relief, food security, health promotion, economic development, education & training, microfinance, local governance & institutional support, and cultural promotion.


Jordan: External Relations and Projects Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organisation: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan Closing date: 26 Oct 2012 UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST UNRWA UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.


Jordan: Education Programme Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organisation: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan Closing date: 25 Oct 2012 UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST UNRWA UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. For its international team, UNRWA is seeking to employ a qualified: Education Programme Specialist Vacancy Announcement Number 12-HQ-AM-58 Grade P-3 Deadline for Applications 25 October 2012 Duty Station HQ Amman Under the general direction of the Director of Education, the incumbent will be responsible for providing support and assistance on a range of issues directly related to the Education Department and the reform process.


Jordan: Head, Field Finance Office (source: Relief Web)

Organisation: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan Closing date: 11 Sep 2012 UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST UNRWA UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.


The Trouble With Impact Investors’ Brains

Creating a clear value proposition for impact investors may be less about finding the right mix of financial and social returns than it is about choosing which of the two you’re really going to be about.                                                                                      . Economic Theory and Irrational Behaviour Basic economic theory assumes that more money equals more motivation, but this has been turned on its head by experimental behavioral economics as well as new brain science. We now understand that behavior and motivation are far more complex animals and that rationality is more myth than foundational principal. Daniel Pink’s book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” provides a number of examples how motivation and performance can actually decline as monetary incentives increase.


Iraq: Microfinance Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organisation: CTG Global Country: Iraq Closing date: 31 Jul 2012 Consultant Project: Consultant Duty Station: Baghdad and Erbil, Iraq No of Jobs: One (01) Starting Date: ASAP Overview of CTG Global CTG Global is a Personnel Management Service Company specialised in Recruitment, Management Consultancy, and Human Resources in countries experiencing or emerging from armed conflict, natural disasters, or acute social and economic crisis worldwide. CTG Global provides tailored personnel management support enabling a growing number of public and private sector agencies and individuals to achieve their objectives in complex and challenging environments. CTG Global clients currently comprise UN agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), and different corporate organisations such as security companies. Overview of the Position Consultant for producing a revised loan scheme for the Ministry of Labor and Social Affair (MoLSA) in Kurdistan In the framework of the twelve months project “Fighting Youth Unemployment through Education”, based on the request and priorities emphasized by the Government of Iraq, our client’s Iraq Office, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Labor and Social Affair (MoLSA), the Ministry of Higher Education and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce for Kurdistan is tackling youth unemployment fostering entrepreneurship skills for TVET graduates currently unemployed. The current action is part of an ongoing effort of our client’s Iraq Office and Institutions of Kurdistan to improve the youth condition, allowing them to build their future.


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