Missing: Hard Data and Analysis on Microcredit
Microfinance's global acclaim has been fueled, in part, by anecdotes about cash-strapped micro-entrepreneurs propelled out of poverty by bits of extra cash in the form of microloans. But research by NYU Wagner's Professor of Public Policy and Economics Jonathan Morduch shows that little actually is known about the magnitude of very poor people who benefit from microloans -- or to what degree. The evidence that does exist, meanwhile, is flawed.
Professor Morduch is a leading microfinance expert, the co-author of the 2005 book "The Economics of Microfinance" (MIT Press), and lead researcher of the NYU Wagner-based Financial Access Initiative supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On January 21, 2008, he delivered a Distinguished Lecture hosted by the Center for Analytical Finance of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. Entitled "Microfinance: The Next Capitalist Revolution?", the presentation focused on expanding concepts of microfinance to meet the needs of the next generation of unbanked customers. The lecture focused on consumer finance, livelihoods strategies, and the roles of the private and poverty sector.
While in India, Professor Morduch also delivered presentations at the Reserve Bank of India, the Delhi School of Economics, and the National Council on Applied Economic Research.
Professor Morduch also visited Japan in December, 2007, where he gave the keynote speech at a symposium on microfinance attended by academics, policymakers, and bankers, held at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. He delivered talks at Kobe University, the University of Tokyo, and the Ministry of Finance.
Friday, February 1, 2008, Professor Morduch discusses his groundbreaking new paper, "How Can the Poor Afford Microfinance," at the First Annual Forum on Financial Access, hosted at New York University by the Financial Access Initiative. The conference, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes a student debate competition moderated by a senior writer and editor from The Economist and discussions by leading experts on microfinance and poverty. For further information, click below.
New Book: Who Makes Good Citizens? Probes Schools' Role
New Report Explores Technology and the Nonprofit Sector
The Aspen Insitute today released a new report in Washington, D.C., by NYU Wagner Visiting Professor Beth Noveck and Daniel L. Goroff. The report, "Information for Impact: Liberating Nonprofit Sector Data," shows how new technology designed to improve data on the nonprofit sector can prompt greater innovation and effectiveness.
Noveck is former director of the White House Open Government Initiative. Goroff, while at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, helped establish the new Interagency Task Force on Smart Disclosure. He is a program director with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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New Study by NYU Wagner Prof. Karen Grépin Looks at Flow of Ebola Donor Funds
Of all the donations pledged by governments, companies, foundations, and private individuals to fight Ebola, only $1.09 billion—or about 40 percent—have been paid in full and put to use, according to new research from Karen Grépin, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy at NYU Wagner.
In “International donations to the Ebola virus outbreak: too little, too late?” – published by the British Medical Journal on Feb. 3 – Professor Grépin scrutinizes international donations tracked by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. She writes that if disbursement of funds had come more quickly to the most hard-hit countries, then the spread of the virus could have been less far-reaching.
Professor Grépin talks about her research in an interview with the BMJ. Her article has drawn widespread public attention. News and magazine outlets such as the New Republic, NBC News, the Daily Mail, Reuters, and Time, among many others around the world, have reported and discussed her findings.