CGD Policy Blogs
Here's the video of the "launch" of my book on January 5 (sorry, no countdown).
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:
A few years ago, Alaka Holla and Michael Kremer, the latter a leader in the randomization revolution, opened a CGD working paper with this interesting observation:
Over the past 10 to 15 years, randomized evaluations have gone from being a rarity to a standard part of the toolkit of academic development economics. We are now at a point where, at least for some issues, we can stand back and look beyond the results of a single evaluation to see whether certain common lessons emerge.