Tuesday, January 04, 2011

International Development: Anti-poverty Programs that Work on a Large Scale

To Beat Back Poverty, Pay the Poor, by Tina Rosenberg.  The New York Times. January 3, 2011.

Brazil and Mexico have anti-poverty programs that are working on a large scale. Note the emphasis on "the girl effect" and building human capital (education). They found far greater success by giving the money to female heads of households than to male. And they also emphasize the building of human capital by requiring that children remain in school and also requiring that mothers get education in health and nutrition. It doesn't say much for us men, does it? And imagine if they did something equivalent in the U.S.!  The common denominator with what Nomi Network is trying to do is the empowerment of women.

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