Malnutrition is rampant in rural India and a leading cause of child mortality. In 2015, the Grameen Foundation’s  Rajasthan Nutrition Project attempted to improve nutrition in rural communities by…

Isis Gaddis, Talip Kilic, Valérie Lechene, Alexander Wolf |

Robert Allen’s recent AER paper on “Absolute Poverty: When Necessity Displaces Desire” is a fascinating read, on many levels. The paper uses linear programming (LP) to compute (four variants of)…

Francisco Ferreira |

Developing countries made considerable gains during the 2000s, resulting in a large reduction in extreme poverty and a significant expansion of the middle class. More recently that progress has…

Margaret McMillan, Dani Rodrik, Claudia Sepúlveda |

Also available in: Français  Land and property lie at the center of many of today’s pressing development challenges. Consider that at most 10% of land in rural Africa is reliably registered. At…

Klaus Deininger |

India’s rivers are heavily polluted. According to official estimates, 302 of 445 river stretches fail to meet even bathing criteria (Central Pollution Control Board [CPCB], 2014). This is known to…

Quy-Toan Do, Shareen Joshi, Samuel Stolper |

Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates cited “time poverty” as a top priority in their 2016 Annual Letter, referring to the unpaid work that disproportionately falls on women and shining a…

Naila Kabeer, Simeen Mahmud |

Location: Sarfuddinpur, Bihar December 2014   In June this year, I was in Sarfuddinpur, a village in Muzaffarpur district in north-central Bihar. This was my tenth round of qualitative data…

Shruti Majumdar |

Public knowledge about India's ambitious Employment Guarantee Scheme is low in one of India's poorest states, Bihar, where participation is also unusually low. Is the solution simply to…

LTD Editors |

In the last five years, higher food prices have provoked government interventions in agricultural markets across the globe, often in the name of protecting the poor. But do higher food prices…

LTD Editors |

In response to the problems of high coordination costs among the poor, efforts are underway in many countries to organize the poor through "self-help groups" (SHGs) -- membership-based…

LTD Editors |