CGD Policy Blogs
David Bergman of Bangladesh's New Age has gotten a story I got wind of a couple of months ago but could not pin down: how the U.S. government is weighing in on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's persecution of Muhammad Yunus. I think that David Bergman has been doing the best reporting on this whole controversy, at least in English.
Chapter 4, "Background Check" (.docx .pdf), is a bit of a beast. It doesn't have an analytical drive. It tells "thumbnail histories" of the different forms of microfinance in operation today, reviews some cross-cutting themes such as the historically novel focus on women, then closes with a brief statistical survey of the microfinance landscape. Because it summarizes a huge amount of terrain, it has been hard to get right.