In the News
May 6, 2013
David Lindolf reports on a new study detailing how the mission of microlending has gotten off track, and why helping impoverished women is getting harder to do. Jonathan Morduch weighs in on some of the findings, but is reluctant to draw conclusions.
March 9, 2012
BBC News tackles the origin of the number of people who are living on $1 day statistic and wonders whether the statistic actually may have done more harm than good. Jonathan Morduch weighs in to discuss both the meaning of the statistic and what the figure really means in the lives of people trying to make ends meet. Morduch says, ""The whole condition of living on $1 a day has much less to do with that average than with the ups and downs. So it's not surprising that households are very actively trying to save."
March 1, 2012
The Atlantic provides an overview of the depth and understanding provided by Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day in this article. Reporter Thompson says, "Portfolios of the Poor is not a comprehensive survey of the 40 percent of the world living in $2-a-day poverty. Such a thing isn't possible, and it would be foolish and over-simple to pretend that the lessons of Portfolios lets us know the lives of two billion people. But as these three illustrative examples show, at a time when saving is only slowly coming back into vogue in the United States, some of the poorest families have found ways to save for life, death, and injury in economies that are too poor to provide the kind of wage and medical insurance that is common in the United States and Europe."
March 1, 2012
Jonathan Morduch talks to the BBC about the financial strategies employed by some of the two billion people who live on less than $2 a day. He talks about some of the people profiled in "Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on Two Dollars a Day," and the surprising ways they made ends meet.
January 1, 2012
Barbara Kiviat, a David Bohnett Fellow at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a research associate at NYU’s Financial Access Initiative, discusses the findings from a new white paper, "From Financial Literacy to Action," co-authored with FAI Managing Director Jonathan Morduch for the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation.