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David Roodman - Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance

David Roodman 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.

CGD’s What’s Hot & What’s Not for 2012

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!

A Bold New Idea for Infrastructure in Africa

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.