world poverty http://www.kplu.org en Guest post: Why are all these white folks deciding what Africa needs? http://www.kplu.org/post/guest-blogger-why-are-all-these-white-folk-deciding-what-africa-needs <p>This is a guest Humanosphere post from Kunle Oguneye, president of the Seattle chapter of <a href="http://www.theafricannetwork.org/" target="_blank">The African Network</a>, a Nigerian and former tech worker who now writes children&rsquo;s books (which should, I hope, explain the photo).</p><p>Oguneye wrote me to suggest that Humanosphere tends to suffer from the same bias, or lack of diversity and perspective, that afflicts much of the local global health and development community.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/05/guest-post-one-nigerians-view-of-how-we-view-africa-and-other-developing-countries/">Here&rsquo;s what he says:</a></strong> Thu, 12 May 2011 18:17:07 +0000 Tom Paulson 1586 at http://www.kplu.org Guest post: Why are all these white folks deciding what Africa needs? Five reasons why microfinance is in crisis – and why it matters http://www.kplu.org/post/five-reasons-why-microfinance-crisis-%E2%80%93-and-why-it-matters <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955093.mp3</p><p>The popular anti-poverty scheme of providing small loans and other financial services to poor people, generally known as&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microfinance" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">microfinance</a>, is in crisis.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">&ldquo;In one sense, you could say it&rsquo;s a coming of age,&rdquo; says Alex Counts, CEO at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grameenfoundation.org/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Grameen Foundation</a>, a leading non-profit microfinance organization with offices in Seattle and Washington D.C.. &ldquo;Controversy often comes along with growing in size and impact.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">You could also say microfinance is actually suffering from several different crises: An external appearance of a crisis based on a damaged public image; a related, but slightly different, internal &ldquo;identity crisis&rdquo; and, at least according to one leading observer, a cash crisis in reverse &mdash; too much money.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><em style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; font-style: italic; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Here are five reasons for the crisis:</strong></em></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/02/five-reasons-why-microfinance-is-in-crisis-and-why-it-matters/">Read More</a></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:28:59 +0000 Tom Paulson 893 at http://www.kplu.org Five reasons why microfinance is in crisis – and why it matters $500 million to help world's poor save money http://www.kplu.org/post/500-million-help-worlds-poor-save-money <P>&nbsp;It's described as the largest philanthropic gift&nbsp;ever made aimed at helping the poor &nbsp;save money and provide access to financial services. The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation's $500 million pledge was announced at a Seattle gathering attended by finance and banking&nbsp;leaders&nbsp;representing&nbsp;38 nations. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 20:22:04 +0000 Gary Davis 155 at http://www.kplu.org