Week of September 14, 2015

1. International Labor Mobility: FAI affiliate Michael Clemens discusses one of “the most effective development policies evaluated to date” and why it’s being ignored by major aid agencies. The Huffington Post

2. Small-Dollar Credit: Nick Bourke of The Pew Charitable Trusts suggests tweaks to the CFPB's proposed small dollar credit regulations that will allow banks to compete with payday lenders with better options for borrowers (hopefully). American Banker

3. Poverty Alleviation: "All programs have room to improve. 'Pro-poor' programs actually strive to improve toward greater effectiveness. Transparency and accountability are not just about separating wheat from chaff; they are about improving.” NextBillion

4. Microcredit in India: The Reserve Bank of India recently issued small finance bank licenses to eight MFIs, signaling a "resurrection" in what was once one of the world's most troubled markets. Livemint

5. Labor Markets: Currently, 53 million Americans are in the "1099 workforce" (part-time workers, contractors, freelancers, etc.) and that number is growing.  A new report outlines the benefits and financial challenges workers face when they operate outside traditional employment models. (Also - best report title EVER.) Core Innovation Capital

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