Allison Grossman, senior legislative associate of RESULTS, offers her perspective on ‘Vulnerability’ and the importance of poverty measurement tools.
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the launch event for Vulnerability: The State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report, 2013. What struck me most about the conversation among the panelists from USAID, CGAP, the Center for Financial Inclusion, and the Center for Global Development at the event wasn’t actually the headline news that came out of the report. If you’ve seen anything about the report, it’s probably this: that for the first time since the Microcredit Summit Campaign began collecting data in 1998, the total number of microfinance borrowers and the number of poorest borrowers declined. This is a critical story, and one that the report delves into further.
And while there were certainly contentious issues between the panelists (as described by Larry Reed in this blog post), I was most impressed by what I perceived as…
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