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Is Microcredit now giving rise to Loan Sharks?

Jan 26/11 | From the blog
by Lee Crawfurd

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus is scathing of for-profit microfinance in a recent New York Times op-ed.  

I never imagined that one day microcredit would give rise to its own breed of loan sharks.

But it has.

Notes from the field: Peru "Graduation" Pilot

Jan 20/11 | From the blog
by Adam Kemmis-Betty

This blog is cross-posted from the CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program website. 

The Semiotics of Professor Email Signatures

Jan 19/11 | From the blog

One of the main responsibilities of an IPA Project Associate is communicating with the Principal Investigator on their project, being their eyes and ears on the ground. This Principal Investigator is typically a Professor at a US university. Chris Blattman provided some helpful advice a while back on how to email your professor.

How to Boost Demand for Rainfall Insurance

Jan 19/11 | From the blog

IPA Research Affiliate Xavier Gine has an article on the World Bank's finance blog discussing microinsurance for farmers. 

Conflict and Women's Empowerment?: Ghana Fieldwork Edition

Jan 16/11 | From the blog
by Lee Crawfurd

We Can Do it Poster

World War II created a host of new opportunities for women in the United States to enter employment, replacing male workers who were in the military.

Fast forward to present day Ghana, where violence between the Mamprusis and the Kussassis tribes has led to a government ban on men travelling by motorcycle. 

Chennai Centre for Microfinance Conference

Jan 13/11 | From the blog
by Lee Crawfurd

Our friends at the Centre for Microfinance in Chennai held their 3rd Annual Conference last week on "Translating Research into Practice." Notes and powerpoints are available from their website, as well as some summary on their blog.

Julian Jamison is Blogging

Jan 13/11 | From the blog

After a successful stint filling in for ChrisBlattman.com, IPA Research Affiliate Julian Jamison has started his own blog Tunes for Bears. Looking forward to reading!

How to get the federal government on a diet

Jan 12/11 | From the blog
by Lee Crawfurd

The problem, Greenstone continues, is that the government simply doesn't have good data on what works and what doesn't. But there's a solution. "We should take one-half of 1 percent of funding for every program and use it for evaluation," he says.

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