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Understanding What is at Stake for Schools During COVID-19

by Opportunity EduFinance

It started with just a handful of school closures in countries where we operate. Within 48 hours, we were faced with nationwide school closures in all eight countries due to COVID-19 prevention and containment measures. UNESCO consolidated information on COVID-19's global impact on education, with statistics that were hard to fathom. 165 countries with nationwide school closures affecting more than 1.5 billion learners 87% of the global learner population enrolled at the start of March is suddenly…

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Behind Closed Doors: The Champions of Women's Empowerment

by Opportunity International

Behind Closed Doors: The Champions of Women's Empowerment by Fionah Agaba Barbra   Fionah Agaba Barbra is a guest blogger for Opportunity International. She is a young communications professional from Uganda who has worked with several organizations to empower women across her country. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in gender studies.    Growing up as the daughter of Fortunate Paska, a renowned women’s rights advocate, I had no choice but to become passionate about gender equality. I…

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Women on the Move

by Opportunity International

  Our team has been on the move in these first weeks of 2020! We’ve been lucky enough to travel domestically and around the world to share and improve our work while meeting with staff, supporters, and clients. Here are some highlights from the beginning of 2020:   TRACKING INNOVATIONS IN GHANA Left to right: Abbie from Opportunity International with Sinapi staff members Thomas, Abigail, and Alfred Research and Knowledge Coordinator Abbie Condie worked with staff in Kumasi, Ghana, to set up a…

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Education Quality Program Announces 2019 Award Winners

by Jenn Winter

For the second year, Opportunity International’s Education Quality program is recognizing associated schools that have demonstrated the most significant innovation and determination to improve the quality of education for their students. Winning schools were evaluated based on their ability to implement planned activities and creatively use limited resources to maximize the impact of their learning environments. The award committee looked for approaches that both engaged and benefited the school…

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Join us on the family trip of a lifetime

by Diane Ferguson

Ever struggled with how to pass along your philanthropic passion to your children? We know the life-changing impact that an Insight Trip can have on a family when it's experienced together as a family. If you're longing for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, then register today to travel with us to Colombia from July 20-26 on this carefully crafted trip that has been planned with your whole family in mind.  A colorful street in the \"walled city\" of Cartagena, Colombia. You will create lasting…

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What We All Can Learn from the 2020 Gates Letter

by Opportunity International

What We All Can Learn from the 2020 Gates Letter by Allison Kooser The Final Push is the Hardest | Every Challenge is Multifaceted | Giving Up Isn’t the Answer | Scale Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All | Some Problems Don’t Go Away by Themselves | Swing for the Fences   In their annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates are swinging for the fences.  Spurred on by advice from Warren Buffet years ago, the Gates Foundation has long been a leader in risk-taking for the greater good. They have made big bets…

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Rosa Wang on the Ideagen Podcast

by Opportunity International

Rosa Wang, our Global Director of Digital Financial Services, was featured on the Ideagen Global podcast, hosted by Ideagen President George Sifakis, to discuss transformations and trends in digital finance.  From Opportunity's voice-based messaging system in mobile banking to digging deeper into how the finance world is changing microfinance around the globe, you won't want to miss Rosa's thought-provoking interview highlights. Listen below.

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Our Top 10 for 2019

by Opportunity International

We spent the first part of the year reflecting on 2019 and were struck by the momentum we have harnessed. The final numbers aren't even in yet and we already know our supporters helped us increase the number of parents who have a business loan, up to 7.4 million and counting. We doubled the number of children we are reaching through our education programs—now up to 3.5 million. Your collective impact is moving the needle on poverty! We am joyous for what each and every numeric achievement…

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January Book Club: Good Economics for Hard Times

by Opportunity International

  As you make your resolutions for the year ahead, we have a challenge for you. Set a reading goal! Maybe it’s a number of books you want to complete in 2020 (we’ve got 12 recommendations coming your way this year — so 12 would be an excellent goal!). Maybe you want to read about cultures and regions that are less familiar to you, or maybe you want to focus on underrepresented authors. Whatever your personal reading goal is, the Opportunity Book Club is here to help! We’re reading right…

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Read With Us: Our December Book Club Selection, Monstress

by Opportunity International

Winter makes us want to do one thing: curl up with a hot beverage, a cozy blanket, and a great book. Doesn’t that sound like the ideal day? Last month, we read Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. With detailed research and hilarious stories, Levitt and Dubner highlighted the benefits of thinking outside of the box—and challenged our assumptions about the world. Now we’re closing out the year with a collection of short stories by Filipino-American author Lysley Tenorio.…

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