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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...
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...