Pioneers Post - 16 April 2019
Rupert shares three tips for investment-ready entrepreneurs.
Forbes - 8 April 2019
In an expert panel for Forbes, Rupert emphasizes the importance of educating younger generations on global injustices and how market-based approaches may offer solutions.
Forbes - 8 April 2019
In an op-ed for Forbes, Rupert shares four tips for how social entrepreneurs may successfully grow their businesses.
Forbes - 4 April 2019
Rupert weighs in on how AI and machine learning are impacting the nonprofit landscape.
Forbes - 29 March 2019
In the tech world and beyond, many teams operate using agile practices to increase flexibility and efficiency in decision-making. Rupert suggests one way of becoming more agile is to test innovation prior to a full-scale investment.
Forbes - 19 February 2019
How does an organization balance the goals of investing for social impact and investing for profit? Rupert answers this question in a podcast with Inside Forbes.
Forbes - 14 February 2019
Running a nonprofit can be an extremely rewarding experience, although not always monetarily. Rupert says some nonprofit foundations are well-suited to generate “internal income” by creating social enterprises.
Forbes - 15 January 2019
One of the hardest parts about creating and then maintaining a nonprofit organization is sourcing money to sustain growth. Rupert suggests nonprofits should consider treating their beneficiaries like customers.
Euromoney - 21 November 2018
A new generation of digital products has slashed the cost of remittances and helped the unbanked meet short-term household or business liquidity needs, but there has been a downside.
Thomson Reuters Foundation - 12 November 2018
Rupert argues we need to temper the expectation of massive monetary returns in impact investing, when in fact the primary goal is to do good.
The European - 12 October 2018
Microfinance is closely associated with small loans to help business owners. Rupert explains how the concept was revolutionary when he first became involved in micro-credit.
Forbes - 5 September 2018
A growing number of social enterprises are leveraging the power of the private sector to reduce poverty in emerging markets. However, much of this investment capital is still not reaching the social ventures blazing new trails toward poverty alleviation. It's even less true for women-led enterprises.
Philanthropy Impact - 19 July 2018
Financial inclusion was improved vastly during the microfinance revolution, yet it has evolved beyond fielding thousands of credit officers who journey to the most remote villages to serve their clients, to an increasingly digital solution.
Forbes - 6 July 2018
As the knowledge economy grows, suffering and poverty still exist. We must ask ourselves one question: What are we missing? Is it the idea or the execution?
Forbes - 14 May 2018
To create lasting change, Rupert has always held to the conviction that investment and financial prosperity must come from the bottom-up, not the top-down.
Raconteur - 8 May 2018
Pairing access to finance with access to energy can help more than a billion people raise their standard of living, banish poverty to the past and no longer be counted among the unbanked.
Raconteur -22 March 2018
Giving money away intelligently is hard. Rupert Scofield, President, CEO & co-founder FINCA International explains why the act of philanthropy is still crucial in the early stage development of any sustainable project
Comment Central - 10 March 2018
With America and Europe divided, we can ill-afford to take policy decisions rooted in emotion and xenophobia. We need practical solutions to fight terrorism, argues Rupert Scofield.
Thrive Global - 6 February 2018
There has been a dramatic shift in the mindsets of millennials. Since the 2008 financial crash and the loss of faith in traditional financial institutions, fewer people than ever are entering traditional finance and more and more people are starting their own businesses, disrupting established industries, innovating and, crucially, trying to make the world a better place.
Financial Magazine, CIMA - October 2017
Making investments with the intention of generating a financial return as well as a beneficial social impact is a rapidly growing field. However, those of us that were part of the mircrofinance revolution would argue that philanthropic impact investing is not a new concept, just a new term.
Glint - 5 October 2017
Rupert Scofield, Co-founder of microfinancing pioneer bank FINCA, talks to Glint about his time in the Peace Corps, the dangers of populism and how technology is set to bring financial services to the developing world
Tech World - 14 August 2017
Silicon Valley, fairly or unfairly, has become notorious for its toxic corporate culture. A growing chorus has denounced what it perceives as an ageist, sexist mentality deeply rooted in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area.
GT News - 8 August 2017
Corporate social responsibility and treasury haven’t traditionally crossed paths too often, but the two are now coming together – with global socially responsible assets increasing by over 25% in the period 2014 to 2016.
Euromoney - 20 September 2016
They say the spread of mobile phones and internet access enables small loans to reach Africa’s rural poor more efficiently than ever before. But while international microfinancier Finca is aware of these opportunities, it knows from painful experience in Uganda that new technology opens up new vulnerabilities too.
Banking Technology - 1 August 2016
Rupert Scofield, president and CEO of microfinance organisation Finca International, discusses how it brings banking to the developing world and why people should follow America’s lead in the art of philanthropy.
CNBC - 21 July 2016
FINCA's Rupert Scofield explains how the micro-financer uses Fintech to enable more accessible financial service transactions in DR Congo.
Business Fights Poverty - 11 May 2016
Rupert Scofield will be speaking at a dinner hosted by Women Advancing Microfinance UK on Tuesday 10th May in London. He will talk to us about the work FINCA does and the impact it’s having, in particular in the social enterprise and innovation space.
City AM - 11 April 2016
When I spoke to Rupert Scofield, he’d just got in the door from Malawi. His company, FINCA International, was celebrating its thirtieth birthday two years late – and marking the launch of its bank in the country.
The Independent - 22 August 2015
Critics say the microfinance movement has not tackled poverty. But Rupert Scofield, founder of one of its largest lenders FINCA, shows Matthew Glynn how it has changed lives
Devex - 3 March 2015
The microfinance industry is evolving and traditional microfinance institutions are searching for new ways to remain relevant as telecommunications operators, payment companies and other new industry competitors take on the business of spreading credit to the world’s poor.
The Guardian - 20 October 2014
New credit providers are transforming financial services, forcing traditional organisations to re-examine their business models
The Telegraph - 13 April 2014
The founder of the 'World Bank for the Poor' tells Robert Mendick in Uganda why a new generation of wealthy Britons must give away their money