The danger of the ‘single story’ – great TED talk

"...the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete..."'Single Stories' exist everywhere - about everyone. via TED - I agree with almost everything in this great talk...Adichie does take her 'room-mate' to task though, giving us almost a 'single story' about her. I know she is using her as an … Continue reading The danger of the ‘single story’ – great TED talk

NREGS wages in focus once again

An article in India Together argues for a return to the old system of wage payment in cash in the NREGS with some heavy romance -By transparent mechanisms like muster roll maintenance and cash disbursement in full public view, designs of community control like choosing work and conducting social audits by gram sabhas had discouraged corruption and also … Continue reading NREGS wages in focus once again

The myth of microfinance: who is freaking out?

In recent months, 'the myth of microfinance' has become a catch-phrase. A 2-minute google search throws up at least 9 articles that have the terms 'myth' and 'microfinance' in their title. See here - one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nineIn fact, it has sparked off a war of words between different camps … Continue reading The myth of microfinance: who is freaking out?