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Should we just give money to the poor? Alternatives in development Microfinance Poverty 

Should we just give money to the poor?

Have you ever been around a development program that was gradually getting more and more complicated? With underused administrators and layers of reporting and bureaucracy that never trickles down to benefit the students? In Just Give Money to the Poor, the authors suggest we skip the complex programs and just transfer money directly to the poorest in our country. Tanya...
How would you make aid and development better? Alternatives in development Disability Microfinance Poverty 

How would you make aid and development better?

In this post, Weh Yeoh responds to a call out from AidSpeak, the blog of the Humanitarian Social Network known as AidSource. The guys recently asked writers to talk about how they would improve aid and development. This is by no means an exhaustive list (that would involve a word limit longer than Tolstoy’s War and Peace), but Weh considers...
Micro-loans or micro-savings: what works? Microfinance Poverty 

Micro-loans or micro-savings: what works?

After her time in Malawi, Tanya Cothran began to question if micro-loans truly alleviate poverty or empower people, as we’ve heard so often over the past few years. Not the only sceptic, Tanya reviews David Roodman’s “Due Diligence: An impertinent inquiry into microfinance” and finds that for all the marketing success of microfinance, micro-savings may provide more success on the...
Banking on the poor in China Microfinance 

Banking on the poor in China

Earlier last week, it was announced by the central bank of Bangladesh that the Banker to the Poor, the Father of Microfinance, Professor Muhammad Yunus was being sacked. Professor Yunus and Bangladesh are synonymous with microfinance. And, although the Indian subcontinent accounts for the majority of the world’s MFIs and borrowers, it is not the world's largest market. From cars...