CGD Policy Blogs
It's springtime in Bangladesh, a time when marigolds bloom and a hostile government's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of appointing commissions to investigate banks for the poor. Last year, a commission looked into such issues as whether the Grameen Bank's handling of Norwegian money was nefarious (it determined not) and whether the bank's interest rates were high (no again).
Probably you agree that actions meant to help poor people should be guided by the best science about what works. (Or perhaps you also have a problem with motherhood and apple pie.) And probably you'd concede that part of what makes science science is replicability. Cold fusion is a scientific joke, not a scientific advance, because the experiments seeming to generate evidence of fusion at room temperature could not be independently reproduced.