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Friday Round up: Financial Services for the Poor, India’s Budget, Worldwide Nutrition, HIV/AIDS and Behavior, Basu to deliver Amartya Sen lecture

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Microcredit has been both praised and criticized as a development tool.  In a Financial Services for the Poor conference hosted by CGAP, IPA, J-PAL, and the World Bank, researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders examine and discuss the lessons and implications of the latest research on microcredit. Alex Counts of the Grameen Foundation, who was one of the panelists, reflected on the cautionary results from the latest research by Banerjee, Duflo and others here.
Jim Kim, in his latest post on LinkedIn, argues that all people need to have access to financial services to meet the World Bank Group’s goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. 

In a BBC article, expectations run high as India unveils its first full-year budget on Saturday.  This will be a major test for Mr. Modi and his reformist government as he advances his plan for reshaping the economy and raising India’s Doing Business ranking.
IFPRI has produced a Global Nutrition Report 2014 that tracks worldwide progress in improving nutrition status, identifies bottlenecks to change, highlights opportunities for action, and contributes to strengthened nutrition accountability.

In a recent talk on Love, Behavior, and Incentives in the Time of HIV/AIDS, WB researcher Damien de Walque discusses the role of behaviors in shaping the profile of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Kaushik Basu will be at LSE on March 3rd lecturing on Law, Economics and the Republic of Beliefs. In his 2015 Amartya Sen lecture, Basu will argue that our conceptualization of how the law impacts the economy is flawed. 

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