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Human Rights
0 Three years later: Was the massive humanitarian response in Haiti a success?

Co-authored by Tom Murphy ——————————————————————————————————————————— Immediately after the 2010 quake, many Haitians were given tents as ‘temporary’ shelters. Three years later, nearly 400,000 still live in them. UNDP ——————————————————————————————————————————— The international community’s response to the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti was one of the largest disaster relief responses ever carried…

Global Health
1 Seattle Times on PATH’s work with women in Nicaragua

One of the best ways to fight poverty and inequity is to improve the lives of women and girls, largely because this translates into healthier children and, eventually, wealthier and more stable communities overall. The Seattle Times’ Kristi Heim, with photographer Erika Schultz, did a nice job describing a fairly…

Basics
0 Mysterious microfinance firm re-emerges

Clay Holtzman, in his new blog Nonprofit Kingdom, notes that a year ago the Seattle microfinance firm Unitus closed its doors, laid off most of its staff and didn’t really tell anybody (including some major donors) why it did so. Unitus, which had claimed its primary mission was to help…

Basics
1 Four answers to the question: Does microfinance work?

That, in a nutshell, was the question posed to a panel of microfinance experts at a Seattle forum earlier this week, sponsored by Global Washington and aimed at examining “The global implications of India’s microcredit crisis.” The answer: Yes and no. Of course. It’s actually an important, if impudent sounding,…

Basics
0 Has India jinxed microfinance?

The anti-poverty scheme known as microfinance is in crisis, or maybe several crises. The political sacking of Muhammad Yunus as head of the pioneering Grameen Bank, allegations of loan-shark profiteering by some microfinanciers and suicides of poor people caught in “debt traps” have led to a drumbeat of negative media…

Human Rights
0 Microfinance: A new loan on life

Microfinance saved Edelma Altamirano’s life. I had lunch on Sunday with Edelma Altamirano, who lives in León, Nicaragua, but is visiting Seattle because she’s the featured speaker at Global Partnership’s Business of Hope luncheon on Tuesday at the Westin Hotel. Global Partnerships Mary Herrick and Edelma Altamirano, smashing crabTom Paulson…