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In a City with 20,000 Nonprofit Organizations, NYU Wagner’s Location Is Major Advantage, reports Crain’s

In a City with 20,000 Nonprofit Organizations, NYU Wagner’s Location Is Major Advantage, reports Crain’s

New York City�s vast sources of student internships contribute to its growing popularity as a "great college town" -- and marks one of NYU Wagner�s "biggest advantages" over equally prestigious graduate schools across the country, according to a June 12, 2006 article on the front page of Crain�s New York Business, "Internships Drive Students to NYC." Citing, in particular, Wagner�s resources for internships and experiential learning, the author writes, "Both undergraduate and graduate schools are making sure the talent pool is well-prepared."

In Developing Countries, Can Micro-Lending Improve Health Conditions?

In Developing Countries, Can Micro-Lending Improve Health Conditions?

In an article in the Oct. 24-31, 2007, issue of JAMA -- The Journal of the American Medical Association -- NYU Wagner Professor Jonathan Morduch examines the expanding role and potential of micro-lending as a means of alleviating malnutrition, disease, violence against women, and other social determinants addressed under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals framework. The article, written with fellow scholars Paul M. Pronyk and James R. Hargreaves, notes that the "interventions to improve financial access may complement interventions to improve health conditions," and, "Opportunities also are emerging for microfinance institutions to broaden their scope and benefits that as yet remain largely unrealized." According to the article, nearly 1,000 microfinance institutions provide services to more than 7 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, despite the considerable obstacles to reaching remote and inaccessible areas. "Microfinance is just one entry point for linking economic interventions to concrete health and development outcomes, but the track record so far is encouraging. Conceptualization of new models is at a relatively early stage, and the time is right for further innovation and rigorous evaluation." Dr. Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. His work on microfinance is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Financial Access Initiative.

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