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Dec 1 IPID holding critical discussion on microfinance (really as great as it's cracked up to be?)

The next IPID Talk will be on Thursday, December 1st at 1:00pm in Room 70 of the Minnesota Population Center (50 Willey Hall).

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Aryn Baxter from Comparative & International Development Education and friends will be leading a fascinating discussion about whether microfinance is really as great as it's cracked up to be.

It promises to be a thought provoking time. Come and bring friends.

Announcement:
When: December 1st, 2011, 1-2 PM
Topic: Magical Microfinance: Mighty or Maligned?

Who: Aryn Baxter, Tam Weiss, Yui Bi (Comparative & International Development Education program) and Brooke Krause (Applied Economics) are currently working together on a longitudinal evaluation of an entrepreneurship education program that includes increasing youth access to financial services. They will facilitate a discussion on the current debates surrounding microfinance.

Where: Room 70 of the Minnesota Population Center (50 Willey Hall)


Questions:

· What are the distinguishing features of microfinance?

· Is microfinance better for the poor than other forms of finance, such as moneylenders or banks?

· Have microfinance programs diverted attention from more pro-poor interventions?

· Is there an appropriate role for microfinance in poverty alleviation?

· Based on perspectives from your discipline, what critical issues, theoretical or practical implications are raised from using microfinance as a tool to achieve poverty alleviation?

Resources:

· http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/15/opinion/15yunus.html

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/aug/18/microfinance-sober-reckoning-studies-question

· http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/loan-ranger/

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