Displaying all posts from 2012
December 21, 2012
The FAI team is grateful for your interest and enagement with our work. We encourage you to check out our jobs board to review the requirements of 2 new positions at FAI -- the Post-Doc Fellowship and the Writer/Managing Editor positions. Additionally, we hope you'll write us and let us know what you think about our blogs and the Big Questions via online comments or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you and your families a Happy New Year!
November 30, 2012
A few weeks ago I wrote that a transition to electronic payments will not be a boon to poor households unless the financial systems that undergird payments become more focused on serving poor households. It’s vitally important to think of the value and benefits of electronic payments within a system.
A couple of recent news stories highlight what a financial system enabled by electronic payments can do, even without the active cooperation of traditional banks...
November 26, 2012
We do our best (not always successfully) to keep up with new research relevant to finance, poverty and development. Today, I’ll be sharing highlights from some new papers by FAI affiliate Sendhil Mullainathan.
November 5, 2012
After nearly 30 years of the microcredit movement, we've finally started seeing rigorous impact evaluations in the last few years. Randomized control trials of some variant of microcredit have been conducted in India, Morocco, Mongolia and the Philippines. Each of these trials adds to the evidence, but each is in a specific context, with differences in contracts, eligibility, loan size and structure, and most importantly among the borrowers. That’s why it’s still exciting to see new trials which provide evidence in a different context.