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Christian Economic Development industry survey of microfinance institutions and savings groups

The purpose of the Christian Economic Development (CED) Network is to create a community where Christ-centered organizations and individuals can share, learn, encourage, and support each other in pursuit of transformational economic development. In 2017, as the chairing organization of the CED Network, HOPE International piloted a survey of Christian microfinance institutions and savings groups to provide global data on the CED industry. The goal of the survey was to inform strategy and advance dialogue about challenges and opportunities identified among participants.

Download: CED industry survey results summary (2.1MB pdf)

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Stop Helping Us!

Highlighting the difference between aid and development, this e-book by Peter Greer discusses the impact of job creation in alleviating poverty. Follow the link to download the free e-book!

Download: Download Stop Helping Us! e-book (771KB pdf)

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Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing

HOPE International’s vice president of development, Chris Horst, and president and CEO, Peter Greer, make the case for entrepreneurship, which sustains development long after charitable giving dries up. Download a free e-book by following the link!

Link: Download Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing e-book

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Industry resources

The following links lead to organizations and networks with many resources relating to microenterprise development.

Link: The Chalmers Center

Link: Accord Network

Link: SEEP Network

Link: MIX Market

Link: CGAP

Link: The Smart Campaign

Link: FinDev Gateway

Link: ECFA

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Recommended reading

The following books are great resources to learn more about microenterprise development.

Link: The Poor Will Be Glad

Link: Good News to the Poor

Link: Toxic Charity

Link: Charity Detox

Link: Portfolios of the Poor

Link: The Poor and Their Money

Link: The Economics of Microfinance

Link: Banker to the Poor

Link: A Billion Bootstraps

Link: Dead Aid

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From Dependence to Dignity

The Chalmers Center wrote this book as a follow-up to When Helping Hurts. The book unpacks the principles of how to design effective microfinance and savings ministries and avoid common pitfalls. HOPE follows many of these principles in our programs. This is a practical resource to move forward in microenterprise development as an organization or church.

Link: From Dependence to Dignity website

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When Helping Hurts

Poverty is more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes more than donations to solve it. When Helping Hurts, by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett of the Chalmers Center, shares a biblically based approach to poverty alleviation. This book is a great starting point for those interested in serving others through microenterprise development.

Link: When Helping Hurts website

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