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Here's something interesting. Dean Karlan, who is leading a study of the impacts of microcredit delivered by the controversial Compartamos in Mexico, just asked for help in crowd-sourcing research questions and hypotheses.
Think the academics have been defining poverty too narrowly or otherwise asking the the wrong questions about how microcredit affects households? Tell them what questions they should pose to the data instead. (Dean has posted the survey "instruments" so you can see what the surveyors are asking and what data will roll in.)
Think you know what the answers will be? Or at least, as an armchair academic with integrity, are you ready to go on record with hypotheses? Share those too. Then, later on, if you want to say "I told you so," you really will have.
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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?