Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al-Missned, the wife of the Qatari Prince Sheikh Hamad Al Thani Al Khalifa, and Chairperson of the Board of the Qatari Silatech Establishment, has announced a donation of USD2 million for supporting the activities of the non profit al-Amal Bank ("the Hope") for micro enterprise financing...Silatech was first announced in 2008 at the UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Madrid and launched in June 2008 at the first Doha Summit. Silatech means in Arabic “your connection". Link
Among the Partners of Silatech is besides AoC also Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings Institute.
Organizations involved in microfinance now include the Google.com, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Unitus, Global Partnerships, Microfinance Corp., the Grameen Technology Center and World Vision. Yunus Grameen Foundaton USA President Alex Counts is - like Javier Solana and Joseph Stiglitz - a Fulbright alumni. LINK.
For further reading see also my article "Universal-welfare-with-solana-and-yunus.html".
"SeaMo - Connecting the Microfinance Community:
The 2010 GSEC teams hail from Bangladesh, Canada, China, India, Rwanda, and the U.S. The business ideas include: alternative power generation in India and Africa, cassava-based oral re-hydration saline solution in Bangladesh, accessories made from reclaimed plastic in Jakarta, art education in China, social investment in Ghana, low-cost hearing aids in India, a prick-less anemia scanners in India, rice harvest consultation in Mali, and RFID tracking devices for herding communities in South India.... We are honored for the support of current and former UW Hubert Humphrey Fellows, the GSEC Outreach Partners, and the 2010 mentors and judges from across sectors in Seattle, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Costco, Microsoft, PATH, Unitus, and the UW." Link
has seen lot of successful pilots using RFID undertaken for the micro finance schemes in
association with major banking institutions and hopefully shall have mass deployments