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IPID Talk 12/1: Magical Microfinance - Mighty or Maligned?

Date: December 1, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 70, Minnesota Population Center (50 Willey Hall)


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

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:
Sacrificing Microcredit for Megaprofits
Microfinance's Sober Reckoning
Loan Ranger

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