Cash Pumps for the Poor: Can Microphilanthropism help with Poverty Alleviation?

  The discourse on poverty alleviation naturally meanders into charity and philanthropy. Two types of charitable behaviour- philanthropy and microphilanthropy- have stemmed from a lot of development rhetoric calling to action the First World countries and communities on their “responsibility” towards the “less developed”, the “poor” in the Global South, and have the mushroomed into…

When there is a disaster, what should you do?

Last week when I was heading out from church, my cell phone rang saying that there was a tornado coming. I ran to my car with my roommates, and we headed home.  A few hours later, we saw the destruction surrounding our community. As the week has gone on, there have been so many stories…

Plan B

The focus this week was on “household strategies”, the different ways that households deal with economic crises. Here are some strategies that I learned about and would like to share with all of you: Manipulating Household Size/Composition is a way of contending with economic crises and there are many different ways of achieving this. One…