Felix Salmon

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0 Microfinance works! Loans better than fad of just giving poor money

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative The idea is simple, test what is the best way to grow microenterprise in Uganda: straight cash, loans, skills training or a combination of the three. What happened? The results were, please forgive the overused Upworthy adjective, unexpected. Just giving people money was not as good…

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0 Update: Fighting over (meaning of) Philanthropy

Felix SalmonFelix Salmon EconomistMatthew Bishop Two of my favorite writers or “thought leaders” on economics and philanthropy, Felix Salmon of Reuters and Matthew “Philanthrocapitalist” Bishop of the Economist, continue their war of words here and here. Excellent! As I noted earlier, this all started when Salmon felt compelled to emphasize…

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0 Update: Fighting over Philanthropy

I posted earlier on an interesting debate between two economics writers, Felix Salmon of Reuters and Matthew Bishop of the Economist, about the nature of philanthropy. The debate, in summary, is if making a profit is in itself a social good — and better than most of those other more…

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2 Fighting over the fundamentals of philanthropy

There appears to be a  deep-seated intellectual boil festering at the base of our discussions around philanthropy, foreign aid and development. Those three words? I’m not sure anyone really knows what they mean. Flickr, Erebos I can’t see what you’re saying Yes, I’m sure the experts on philanthropy, aid and…

World Politics
2 Yunus Watch: Microfinance pioneer further piled on

I’m sorry to reveal a bias here, but all these attacks and critiques of the Bangladeshi economist and Nobel Peace Prize-winning pioneer of microfinance, Muhammad Yunus, appear to be so obviously opportunistic (if not an outright smear campaign), I can’t figure out why smart people just keep piling on. As…