Is financial inclusion facilitating tax evasion?

Although my discussions with small entrepreneurs in rural areas in India clearly showed to me that financing alternatives are really scarce, and that we do have impact by supporting financial intermediaries that focus on SMEs, a recent exchange with a Microfinance Fund Manager highlighted a relevant attention point to some adverse effects. “We might in fact …

Is crowdinvesting deceiving the masses?

The concept is good. Leveraging the power of internet to raise funds, collect people’s ideas and gather comments and feedback from around the world, how amazing it is! The concept is so appealing, hundreds of crowd-funding sites have been set up, each focusing on a specific sector or country. I believe it is particularly powerful …

Was the MBA worth it?

I graduated one year ago, so I guess it is time to take a small step back and ponder on the use and return on investment of my MBA (but the heat of  Tunis where I am now writing is not really helping).  I have read a couple of articles lately on the topic and …

My experience with MOOC

MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses)  have been a big hype for the last couple of years: they are “disturbing the education models”, they are opening “huge opportunities” for new educational start-ups, everyone now can get a Harvard-degree while lying on his bed etc. Dozens of universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia have announced partnerships …

Fostering Social Entrepreneurship in the New Tunisia

Just found out about this article where I am quoted here. Very good job to capture the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tunisia by the writers. Democratic Transition Presents an Opportunity Trying to understand a new phenomenon such as “social entrepreneurship” in post-revolutionary Tunisia is a challenging task due to the ongoing nature of the transformation, the …

Surviving Political Turmoil

Article published on Wamda.com here In Europe, outsourcing is a delicate topic. Some politicians picture it as an epidemic that must be be stopped, as new hubs in India threaten local business. On the other side of the Mediterranean, outsourcing has gained a much better reputation, as lucrative outsourcing contracts have benefitted thousands of engineers in …

Book Review: Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic

FINALLY, I finished this now famous Sinclair’s book yesterday. I thought it is a very easy and captivating read overall, especially that I recognized many of the names and organizations he mentioned in his book ( I confess I smiled at how he describes some of them). Hugh Sinclair whistle-blowing story started in Amsterdam, working in …

Time to Get Serious!

I read this article a couple of months ago and it really struck me by the gravity of the underlying problem , an issue that I have been personally noticing since I got in touch with the social business/impact investing sector: “stage ready” Vs “investment ready” entrepreneurs. “The sell is perfect, tears roll from the …