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Observations of the USAID Evidence Summit – Day Two, December 13

While there will be videos and summaries on MicroLINKS, I would like to share what I took away from this very interesting meeting. Day Two of the USAID Evidence Summit (in Washington, DC) started with the topic that seems to … Continue reading

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Dunford’s Presentation to the USAID Evidence Summit – Day One

I’m in the midst of doing my final project for Freedom from Hunger, a throwback to my former life as an academic researcher. It has me crawling through our theory of change to deconstruct it and examine the evidence for … Continue reading

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Observations of the USAID Evidence Summit – Day One, December 12

I was a speaker at this two-day meeting in Washington, DC last week. It was designed to educate USAID staff in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education & Environment (E3) and the Bureau for Food Security (BFS) about the current … Continue reading

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Nested Initiatives to Promote Evidence-based Practice in Microfinance

I return briefly to Theme One, especially posts #2 and #3, in which I discussed the origins and purposes of the Smart Campaign, the Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) and the Seal of Excellence for Poverty Outreach and Transformation in Microfinance.  … Continue reading

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What constitutes good evidence?

In my last post (#4), I put out a call for evidence that the poor reduce their costs (explicit and/or implicit) by going to microfinance providers.  This request begs the question:  What constitutes good evidence?  What are we supposed to … Continue reading

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Do the Poor Get a Better Deal from Microfinance?

Among our multitude of social purposes, are there any we all can share?  I believe there are at least two. First, we want the unbanked to have access to good-quality financial services.  Second, we want these people to get a … Continue reading

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Does Evidence of Success in Poverty Alleviation Divide Us?

There are many different objectives for microfinance.  Let’s acknowledge the dominance of poverty alleviation in the public understanding of microfinance.  The association of the microfinance brand with poverty alleviation is extremely strong in the minds of most donors, lenders and … Continue reading

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How Does Evidence Unite Us or Divide Us?

How do you think evidence unites or divides us?  Perhaps it’s because we share some of the same objectives for microfinance and differ in others? I am starting this new blog to invite you all into a conversation about what … Continue reading

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