How RESULTS Activists Collaborated With Microcredit Leaders and High Government Officials to Build the Microfinance Movement

A small grassroots citizens’ lobbying organization, appropriately named RESULTS, has been changing the direction of the political winds for over 25 years. In the microfinance movement, it is not an exaggeration to say that the role played by RESULTS has been crucial. Since 1985, this extraordinary organization has played a major role in every stage of development of the field. Its lobbying has brought over $2 billion in U.S. foreign aid into the field. In collaboration with its allies in the Anti-Poverty Coalition, RESULTS held a Microcredit Summit that launched the microfinance movement which now includes over 1,000 organizations and over 100 million borrowers. Its recent legislation has created the requirement that cost-effective povertymeasurement tools be developed to ensure that the millions of very poor people are reached and brought out of poverty.

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