CGD Policy Blogs
The question of whether and how much aid Pakistan will receive has been a hotly contested issue in Congress this year, with some members having called for civilian assistance (authorized under the Kerry-Lugar-Berman legislation) to be cut altogether.
Like me, Sanjay Sinha, the director of the microfinance rating agency M-CRIL, sees the speed and nature of growth in India's microfinance sector as a core cause of the debacle in Andhra Pradesh in late 2010. He's written an article on microfinancefocus.com reflecting on these and other lessons.
He closes with a warning to the rest of the world:
My guest on this week’s Wonkcast is David Roodman, senior fellow and author of the long-awaited book, Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance. After more than three years of unprecedented investigation into the movement, David was able to cut through the hype and come to understand the capabilities and limitations of microfinance in ending poverty.
Finally, some good news from the world’s tropical forests: overall, large-scale clearing appears to have dropped sharply since 2005. This is the bottom line in the first global report and database from FORMA (Forest Monitoring for Action), which I have developed with Dan Hammer and Robin Kraft during the past three years.
With 2012 upon us it’s time again for a little light-hearted reflection on what’s hot and what’s not for global development and the wider world in the year ahead. We at CGD put our heads together at an end-of-year staff lunch and came up with the following list. Got better ideas? Add your suggestions in the comments section below!
This is a joint post with Julie Walz.
It is no secret that Africa faces an infrastructure crisis. The low-income economies of the region have fewer miles of paved roads and fewer modern freight and passenger-transport systems than any other region in the world. Electricity is also highly unreliable; businesses in many African countries suffer from power outages on more than half of the days they work per year. Inadequate infrastructure is cited by most African firms as the single biggest obstacle to doing business.