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You’d be forgiven for not noticing, but last week, the CFI Blog published its 1,000th blog post. We started this blog in September 2008 in conjunction with the Center’s launch, as a forum for discussion, analysis, and even debate on the many issues facing financial inclusion. A lot has changed since 2008. The past few years have seen a shift in focus toward wider financial inclusion, moving beyond microcredit to include services such as savings and insurance. Technology, through mobile banking, big data, and other developments has made greatly expanded access to financial services. Client protection has become more firmly embedded into the microfinance industry. And yet, the quality of services and effective regulation continue to be as important as ever before. Going through our archives, you can see these shifts before your eyes. As this blog goes on, in addition to being a platform for sharing the latest developments and insight, it has become a historical record of how the microfinance industry has developed and changed.

This blog couldn’t be successful without the input of our many guest bloggers over the years who have leant their insight and expertise. If you ask us, it’s this range of outside expertise that makes this blog successful. We thank all of you who have written for us over the years and all of you who have shared your thoughts by commenting on our posts (5,557 comments and counting!).

Feel free to browse through our posts throughout the years via the “Archives” drop-down menu on the left-hand side. Here’s to the next 1,000!…

All-time most-read blog posts:

5 Great Books About Microfinance and How the Poor Use Money (August 23, 2011) by Yvonne Chen

5 Countries Where Microfinance Works (February 18, 2011)

Nicaraguan Microfinance in Crisis (November 5, 2009) by Sergio Guzmán

Interest Rates 101: APR vs. EIR (June 8, 2010) by Courtney Piper

Microfinance vs. Financial Inclusion: What’s the Difference? (February 27, 2013) by Susy Cheston and Larry Reed


Most-commented-on blog posts:

We Bring You…DATA! (April 19, 2012) by Leora Klapper

The Lessons of Andhra Pradesh (November 1, 2010)

The Client Insights of Monique Cohen (November 1, 2012) by Elisabeth Rhyne

Who Needs Financial Education? (February 14, 2012) by Larry Reed

Microfinance vs. Financial Inclusion: What’s the Difference? (February 27, 2013) by Susy Cheston and Larry Reed

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