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IMF Reform: How the Poor Man (That’s the USA) Had a Good Idea

IMF governance reforms were agreed the week before the G20 Summit.  One decision – to increase IMF resources but not by much – may matter for the IMF’s role in a still-unsettled Eurozone – if Ireland’s problem becomes Portugal’s and so on.

For a full and nicely balanced assessment of the reforms from Ted Truman, including on resources, go here.  Among other things, unpacks a couple of little-known and little-understood facts that are (though he doesn’t say so directly) about the role of the USA – the poor man with good ideas.

How Plausible Are the Predictions of AIDS Models?

UNAIDS, WHO, PEPFAR and the Global Fund for AIDS TB and Malaria (GFATM) all depend on long-run projections in order to make the case for increased attention and financing for AIDS.  This dependency is a response to the reality that HIV is a slow epidemic with extraordinary “momentum”.  Even small changes in the course of new infections require years to implement and have health and fiscal consequences for decades thereafter.  According to the UNAIDS web site, “[s]ince 2001, the UNAIDS Secretariat have le

Rare Canvassing of Client Voices in India

Ramesh Arunachalam's blog is following and commenting on the Andhra Pradesh microcredit crisis in detail. At least for an American outsider like me, the blog is a bit awkward and disorienting---there is no explanation of who the "Indian Micro-Finance Blog Team and Ramesh Arunachalam" are. But if you persist in perusing, you'll find content found nowhere else. It seems as if the author(s) come from the microfinance industry and yet are quick to criticize it, which gives them credibility.

They Told You So

MicroSave is a consulting organization that specializes in designing financial services for the poor from the basis of a strong understanding of client perspectives. They have people in the India, the Philippines, Uganda, and Kenya. Never heard of them? I have to say, among microfinance organizations, they are rather awkward in public. But if their outreach to people like us isn't slickest, perhaps that is because they spend their time talking to clients and industry insiders, developing subtle insights.

Mudimyal Dispatch

My last stop in India was Mudimyal, a village about 12 kilometers (7 miles) from Yarvaguda as the crow flies. Mudimyal has 25 self-help groups, which are "federated" into a Village Organization, a body whose membership is the head of the SHGs. The Mudimyal VO is turn federated with other VOs in its mandal, and mandal organizations are in turn federated at the district level, and district organizations at the state level.

What’s the Real “Conservative Position” on Climate Change?

In this blog, I’ll let others do most of the talking. For a clear conservative position on climate change, let’s turn to last week’s address on climate and development by Andrew Mitchell, the Conservative Secretary of State for International Development in the new British government. This government, you will recall, is headed by David Cameron, another real-live conservative. Secretary Mitchell gave a gem of a speech, and it’s worth digesting in full.