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And it is here that Christian microfinance, in surprising and perhaps unintended fashion, calls into question the premises of millennial development. However, it embeds microfinance in a vast array of development services.

Africa Works If millennial development involves a debate about whether markets work or fail, then it also involves an imagination about places that work or fail. It meant that Tufts would reap rewards from the gift only if the investments were profitable. These objects, and these women, were bound in a system of exploitative moneylending, a system that Yunus set out to end.

Microfinance helps the poor to maintain and grow those small businesses and to cope with the fluctuations and crises that dominate their lives. At this intersection of business and society, microfinance is an illustration of the power of harnessing the markets to deliver dual returns.

What I mean to say is that for over a decade before Seattle, the United Nations Development Program and other agencies had been publishing data showing the negative impact of structural adjustment programs, neoliberal reforms, and corporate-driven globalization. It studies those who manage poverty, that is, the poverty experts who produce knowledge about poverty and who set the agenda of poverty alleviation. They spoke the words of caution, outlining the limits of microfinance, and seeking to temper the eager enthusiasm of the delegates.


It is estimated that even for the largest providers of donor funding for microfinance, the World Bank and the UNDP, the sector accounts for less than 1 percent of annual spend- ing Rosenberg My secular Indian upbringing had done little to prepare me for coursework on the tenets of Presbyterianism.

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His fierce emphasis on self-reliance creates a model of poverty alleviation that is simultaneously poor-centric and anti-welfare.

But there is more to the act than microfinance evangelism.

I went to Bangladesh deeply cynical about microfinance, but I came away inspired. Thus, in the frameworks of millennial povertu, there is a metric of inequality that has gained prominence: I had to quickly become fluent in the elaborate and sprawling microfinance debates, even while knowing that I had no intention of becoming a microfinance expert.

While millennial development is a terrain of action much broader than the single institution of the World Bank, I remain focused here on this singular actor because of its dominance, through CGAP, in setting the microfinance agenda and thereby establishing the Washington consensus on poverty.

This is a book about poverty but it does not study the poor and the powerless; instead plverty studies those who manage poverty. For in Bangladesh itself, Yunus has faced severe critique.

So those who doubted us, I hope that they will now be with us. In this chapter, I take a closer look at the Bangladesh model of microfinance, its debates and its contributions. As discussed in the next chapter, such instrumental programs are also a terrain of contestation and negotiation. Here too microfinance was being strategically positioned as microbanking.

Such issues also seem to have plagued the McNamara Bank.

Thus, according to Easterly And yet, what followed on the heels of the Nobel Peace Prize was not simply celebration and adulation but equally a sharp critique of microfinance.

To work with the poor is to work to restore the relationship of the poor with God. Yet it must also move money through circuits of capital, securing financial returns and earning high ratings on global heat maps.


Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development

Alex rated it really liked it Mar 15, The World Bank is not only a financial institution—it is a development agency. It also involves the formation of a parallel apparatus of development. These auto-critiques often express sympathy with the protest movements that stand aligned against the World Bank and IMF; they often seek to put forward a more humane and inclusive agenda of development; and they usually work to foreground issues of poverty and inequality.

The Creation of an Asset Class As the Washington consensus on poverty rejects the rituals of older forms of microfinance, so it inaugurates its own rituals. The theme of security is important, for in his speeches and approach, McNamara repeatedly stressed the relationship between security and development Kraske et al.

Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development by Ananya Roy

Based on many years of research in Washington D. We are in the business of dealing with numbers—numbers of people, numbers of dollars, numbers of tons of food produced. In order to achieve global scale, they require new technologies of risk management, those that will create transparent financial markets. If the World Bank is intent on teaching rather than learning, then it must be asked if it can accept and incorporate diverse ideas, including those that may run counter to its own ideologies.

In order to do so it focuses little on the men and women who struggle under conditions of extreme poverty.