Comments on: The lessons of Andhra Pradesh http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/11/18/the-lessons-of-andhra-pradesh/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: palforu http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/11/18/the-lessons-of-andhra-pradesh/comment-page-1/#comment-32808 Sun, 06 Nov 2011 19:35:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6197#comment-32808 Interesting……………………http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=nLwgSMH5Jt4

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By: palforu http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/11/18/the-lessons-of-andhra-pradesh/comment-page-1/#comment-32807 Sun, 06 Nov 2011 19:33:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6197#comment-32807 Awesome video…………..http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=nLwgSMH5Jt4

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By: sandy1423 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/11/18/the-lessons-of-andhra-pradesh/comment-page-1/#comment-32801 Sun, 06 Nov 2011 04:16:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6197#comment-32801 funny making… see this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-WceyM7B D0&feature=relmfu

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By: abhi123123 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/11/18/the-lessons-of-andhra-pradesh/comment-page-1/#comment-32796 Sat, 05 Nov 2011 20:47:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6197#comment-32796 hey watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8JzkCq-5 yA

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By: thomasvesely http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/11/18/the-lessons-of-andhra-pradesh/comment-page-1/#comment-21152 Sat, 20 Nov 2010 02:17:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6197#comment-21152 usorious lending masquerading as social reform.
ugly
immoral
sad

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By: SBanerjee1000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/11/18/the-lessons-of-andhra-pradesh/comment-page-1/#comment-21147 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 22:38:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6197#comment-21147 Justin’s blog post mentioned by Felix in this article is part of a series on CGAP’s microfinance blog. Over the next few weeks, the blog will be featuring several experts deeply familiar with Andhra Pradesh and India who will share their varied views on the crisis. Today’s new post is by N.Srinivasan, author of the State of the Microfinance Sector in India Report 2010, who points out that there were several warning signals that were ignored by the sector. More on www.microfinance.cgap.org

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By: FrancineMcKenna http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/11/18/the-lessons-of-andhra-pradesh/comment-page-1/#comment-21132 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 15:45:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6197#comment-21132 Felix,

What you’re describing is the difference between those who have passion for a story and those who report on it because it’s their job.

Many fine journalists develop a passion for their stories because they can stay on them, write long ones and write more than one on the same topic over a period of time. They develop an interest and aptitude for their subjects and the themes, if not a strong point of view, and maybe even biases.

But that’s rare in this “gerbil wheel” world that most journalists are forced to live in, as Dean Starkman so eloquently described a while ago in CJR.

Bloggers have that passion naturally. I only write about what interests me and what I know or can learn about fairly quickly based on my experience and capacity.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re on site or remote. What matters is caring about the story versus “filing” it.

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By: flippant http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/11/18/the-lessons-of-andhra-pradesh/comment-page-1/#comment-21111 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 20:10:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6197#comment-21111 I’m beginning to suspect the new “Ben Stein jihad” is Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal. Is there no mercy from the heart of Times Square?

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By: aTree http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/11/18/the-lessons-of-andhra-pradesh/comment-page-1/#comment-21105 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 17:52:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6197#comment-21105 Felix: thanks for the excellent reporting on this issue. Your piece stands in stark contrast with the first reference to the NYT article I came accross, over at Business Insider, who just put up a snippet of the original piece under the screaming headline of “The Next Subprime Crisis”.

http://www.businessinsider.com/india-mic rofinance-collapse-2010-11

… I’ve got to stop wasting my time with that site.

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By: timothyogden http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/11/18/the-lessons-of-andhra-pradesh/comment-page-1/#comment-21101 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 16:51:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6197#comment-21101 Felix,

thanks for pointing out all the information lacking in the NY Times report. I’d also point out that Pohlgreen and Bajaj don’t cite sources for their figures on the number of loans that are not being repaid. I find it hard to believe that figure is consistent across AP, urban and rural areas and the various MFIs.

While the crisis in AP is serious, I think we are actually at a positive inflection point in the history of microfinance. Much like the enlightenment, we are living in times where myths and superstition about microfinance are being washed away, paving the way for a lot of learning based on what clients actually need, how products should be designed and how MFIs should be run.

You might note volume of high quality research that is emerging not only about microcredit impact, but also about product design, additional services such as savings and insurance and client behavior, wants and needs. There’s a post here with a round up of discussion of this research from the recent Microfinance Impact and Innovation Conference. http://bit.ly/9oGFI3

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