Month: March 2011

The Scourge of NGOs

Right now I am up in Tamale working with the ADVANCE office here.  I am meeting with maize farmers to help them think about how to invest in yellow maize production.  There is a financial institution that is providing credit…

Develop Economies Hits 100,000…Hits

Develop Economies would like to thank all of his loyal and disloyal readers for their continued patronage of the site.  It has been more than a year since I began blogging, migrating from my original site, joshweinstein.wordpress.com, to Develop Economies,…

The Battle for the Soul of Microfinance

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Microfinance is going through some major growing pains right now, hitting its first major challenge since it hit the mainstream in 2005 after Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize.  The “silver bullet” of poverty alleviation that brought credit to…

Membership Drive

Followers of the Develop Economies, I would like to urge each and every one of you to subscribe to Develop Economies by putting your email address in the box on the right side of the screen, or sign up to…

Interview with Markus Dietrich of ASEI

The following is an interview I conducted with Markus Dietrich, the founder of the Asian Social Enterprise Incubator.  This is a complement to a two-part blog post I wrote for Next Billion, seen here. Develop Economies: How did you decide…