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A CAPCO and Bankers without Borders collaboration

March 2016

Bankers without Borders engaged a team of six CAPCO employees across Washington, New York, Edinburgh, and Bangalore, to work with Musoni Kenya to help build a robust data analysis tool for easy risk and audit reporting. The volunteers also provided training documentation for staff and a recommendation for a technology solution going forward.

Learn more about some of the our most dedicated and inspiring volunteers.

Lessons learned and impact findings from Bankers without Borders' first five years.

Details on avaialble placements for 2014 Grameen Foundation Fellows

Some of our most inspiring volunteers from the last five years.

Application Deadline: December 5, 2013

Bankers without Borders is pleased to announce the launch of its High-Five Skillanthropy Giveaway Competition, a contest to identify up to five organizations with the most promising, innovative volunteer initiatives and provide them with Bankers without Borders’ end-to-end volunteer management platform, theSkillanthropy Technology Solution. This document includes all information needed to enter the High-Five Skillanthropy Giveaway Competition, including eligibility and selection criteria, application information, and an overview the Skillanthropy Technology Solution features and system requirements.

Jennifer Rademaker leads the Core Products group for the MasterCard Europe region. With over 20 years of global experience in Financial Services, Jennifer has led several volunteer consulting projects with Bankers without Borders and was instrumental in identifying key colleagues from MasterCard to engage in volunteer assignments.

A banker with over 35 years of experience, Robert “Bob” Rout is currently the Executive Vice President, CFO & Treasurer of a large bank in Pennsylvania. Bob is a long time friend of Bankers without Borders (BwB) and a dedicated volunteer. Since 2011, he has donated his time and expertise on seven volunteer consulting engagements.

September 2013

Bankers Without Borders program overview for clients. 

September 2013

Everything you need to know about Bankers without Borders in one page.

September 2013

Learn more about how Bankers without Borders brings together social enterprises, corporate partners, and skilled volunteers to fight global poverty.

September 2013

This document provides a snapshot of several projects completed with the support of Dow and the Dow Sustainability Corps volunteers.

An E-Warehouse for Kenyan Farmers

July 2013

This mini case study demonstrates how guidance and expertise from Dow Sustainability Corps volunteers strengthened internal controls and processes for Grameen Foundation’s e-Warehouse, an initiative helping to improve incomes for smallholder farmers in Kenya.

A Corporate Research Project

July 2013

This mini case study shows how corporate research and business model analysis provided by Dow employee volunteers will ultimately improve Grameen Foundation’s field efforts to increase the inclusion of poor farmers in international markets and value chains.


A MasterCard and Bankers without Borders® Collaboration

May 2013

This mini case study demonstrates how Bankers without Borders can address capacity gaps within an organization through the use of skilled volunteers. Through our partnership with MasterCard, Bankers without Borders connected Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) with two finance and product development executives who provided expertise and guidance for a CYFI/UNICEF discussion paper advocating new approach to increasing financial inclusion for children.

May 2013

If financial institutions are to deliver real value for children and move beyond the promotional piggybank, their activities must be grounded in an understanding of children's human rights and involve children and youth as stakeholders.This discussion paper uses the Children‟s Rights and Business Principles as a framework that can help financial institutions consider children‟s rights when developing products and services that are targeted towards children.  This discussion paper is a joint effort by UNICEF and Child and Youth Finance International, and was developed with the support of MasterCard employee volunteers.

A Bankers without Borders HR Reserve Corps volunteer used her specialized HR skills to help  Century DTM, a microfinance insitution in Kenya, identify the human capital management practices needed to increase their scale and sustainability.

October 2012

This mini case study demonstrates how skilled volunteers from Dow Agro-Sciences enhanced Grameen Foundation’s ability to provide agricultural information that can increase the productivity and incomes of subsistence farmers in Colombia.

A JPMorgan Chase and Bankers without Borders Collaboration

September 2012 

This mini case study demonstrates a team of JPMorgan Chase volunteers used their financial expertise to inform the Paradigm Projects new funding facility that will enable aggregators, dealers, and Last Mile Entrepreneurs to have access to appropriately priced and structured financing that will improve cookstove sales and outreach. 

November, 2010 

This is not volunteerism for the sake of volunteerism, but rather a new business model for solving some of the real problems impeding the scale, sustainability, and impact of microfinance and T4D initiatives. A greater and more strategic use of volunteers can help the field to realize, more rapidly, strategic and operational improvements.This is not volunteerism for the sake of volunteerism, but rather a new business model for solving some of the real problems impeding the scale, sustainability, and impact of microfinance and T4D initiatives. A greater and more strategic use of volunteers can help the field to realize, more rapidly, strategic and operational improvements.

January 2012

Most economic development programs that aim to reach the poorest households have not been designed using a sustainable business approach. Instead, these programs have been developed as grants and charity-driven projects. While there is a role for grant-driven programs, organizations can also make sustainable business decisions to extend outreach to poorer populations in the medium to long term. This paper investigates the “double” (financial and social) bottom line implications for two microfinance institutions that have added product lines to serve very poor households: Fonkoze of Haiti and The Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF) of South Africa. This report was developed with support from MasterCard employee volunteers.

July 2011

From the Stanford Social Innovation Review

What happens when crowdsourcing is applied to the microfinance sector? Bankers Without Borders, an initiative of the Grameen Foundation, has embraced crowdsourcing—the process of leveraging a large group of people to take action on a project—to develop its volunteer corps. Crowdsourcing has succeeded mostly for technology-focused organizations: Wikipedia has used it to build an online encyclopedia, and Unix has deployed it to develop open-source computer systems. Yet translating it to microfinance had never before been done.

Analysis of Bankers without Borders’ Membership
November, 2010

This document provides an overview and key findings related to Bankers without Borders’ volunteer demographics.

May 2010

In Measuring the Impact of Microfinance: Taking Another Look, Odell examines studies which have demonstrated that microfinance helps poor people better cope with financial shocks that often upend their lives. It also addresses the difficulties in isolating microfinance’s impact from the myriad forces at play in poor people’s lives.


HandsOn Network profiles Bankers without Borders, using several volunteer projects to illustrate how BwB uses skills-based volunteerism to scale microfinance institutions and technology for develompment solutions for the poor.