CGD Policy Blogs
On January 30, Milford Bateman and I will come together in Washington, DC, for a public debate. Chuck Waterfield of MFTransparency will moderate. The event is sponsored by USAID’s Microenterprise Development office and the Financial Inclusion Forum of DC and will be hosted by Microlinks. It will be webcast live.
Yesterday, I posted a talk in which I invoked Euclid to show how all conclusions rest on assumptions. Soon after I finished that, I pulled a book off the shelf at home, one of those books I've been meaning to read for more years than I care to say. It opens by making the same point, with more elegance:
Last Thursday, I joined about 70 people at a meeting organized by CGAP in Washington, DC, on putting clients at the center. I was asked to lead off a session on the role of research. My talk aside, I was impressed with the quality of the presentations during the day. Jan Chipchase talked about his intense and remarkable work as a high-powered design consultant understanding the needs of clients all over the world.
The India office of MicroSave has just release an excellent piece of research on how people in Andhra Pradesh perceive various sources of credit---private microfinance, self-help groups, moneylenders---and how they they are responding to the sudden disappearance of one of them. It is based in large part on discussions with 76 groups of borrowers.
I recently received an update on the Grameen Bank and the other Grameen organizations. The sender clearly has a point of view and asked to remain anonymous. But the text contains enough that is (for me) novel, factual, documented, and important that I think it worth sharing. Beyond the links provided, I cannot in general vouch for the accuracy of the text: