An 'Ethnographic' Approach to Development

    The book “Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day” is almost anthropological, or ethnographic, says Jonathan Morduch, who wrote the book with Stuart Rutherford, Daryl Collins and Orlanda Ruthven. We rarely see the lives of the poor in this great of detail, and similar “financial diaries” are already being used to evaluate development programs, the New York University economics professor and microfinance expert notes. “Portfolios of the Poor” was published in early 2009 by Princeton University Press.

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    • David Lepeska

      David has served as U.N. correspondent for the newswire UPI and reported for several major newspapers, including the New York Daily News and Newsday. He was chief correspondent for the Kashmir Observer in Srinagar, India, and regularly contributes to the Economist, among other publications. Since 2007, David has reported for Devex News from Washington, New York, as well as South Asia.

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