There’s a thought-provoking first entry on the new blog from Chris Dunford of Freedom from Hunger. It examines the critical issue that often underlies questions about microfinance. Namely, is microfinance a financial-services business, or a poverty-reduction initiative? Put in to terms from the opening post of the blog; does microfinance exist to provide financial services for the 2.7 billion “unbanked” or ameliorate the conditions of the 1 billion “chronically hungry“?

I’m sure that Dr. Dunford’s blog will be an interesting examination of these questions and the data-driven evidence for, and against, microfinance. If such things interest you, be sure to check back in on that blog over the months as the conversations grow.