This is our weekly round-up of stories and reports that piqued our curiosity. Please add any suggested “must reads” that have been missed via comments.
- Check out the latest in Savings and Microfinance Research
- Savings as Forward Payments: Innovations on Mobile Money Platforms by Ignacio Mas & Colin Mayer
- “Microfinance and its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh” – An anthropologist refutes the argument that microfinance empowers women and alleviates poverty.
- CGAP on: Matching Types of Accounts to Types of Needs: Lessons from India - Latest in Savings series.
- Reaching the Poorest: Findings from the CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program
- Microfinance Focus: Comparison of the recommendations of the Malegam Committee and Jonathan Lewis moderates a microfinance panel discussion at the Skoll World Forum on Do you have to trade profit for impact?
- Bill Easterly reviews two of microfinance’s most anticipated books: Poor Economics and More than Good Intentions (in the Washington Post)
Last week’s Yunus stories: