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The long march is coming to an end. As you can see, I'm making a big push to get the darn book done. I just posted a re-edited chapter 5 (.docx, .pdf). I hope to have 6 and 7 ready for the editor by the end of the month.
Along with editing the whole text, I inserted a table, salvaged from chapter 4, on the prevalence of microcredit in various countries and regions; updated the tables; added some block quotes from Vikram Akula's book on his pursuit of efficiency at SKS; fixed dated references to India and Nicaragua; stripped out some loaded, negative, passing descriptions of MFIs such of how they "impose on the time of the customers"; and responded to some appropriately challenging comments from reviewers on fine points.
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Recently CGD hosted the Second Annual Birdsall House Conference on Women, which focused on beyond-aid approaches for women’s economic empowerment, with particular emphasis on private sector engagement. CGD experts have written about how international organizations and national agencies should examine and correct gender biases in the design and delivery of their strategies for financial inclusion. But while public sector interventions are crucial for promoting women’s economic empowerment, the panelists pointed out that the private sector is in many ways better equipped to provide opportunities for women to grow their businesses, investments, and incomes. Here’s our takeaway.
On Monday, Grant Shapps, the UK's Minister of State at the Department for International Development, kicked off DFID’s Energy Africa campaign at an event hosted by the Shell Foundation designed to help his team figure out how the UK government can invest its political clout and an initial £30 million ($46 million) to tackle rural energy poverty in Africa. Given solar’s limitations and these risks, how can we make sure that Energy Africa fulfils Minister Shapps’s ambitious brief?