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My colleague David Roodman has decided to write his next book in public, not only by posting draft chapters as he completes them and inviting comments but also by sharing his discoveries and tribulations as he conducts the research that underpins the book. David writes:

I am using this blog to share the process of writing my book about microfinance (the mass production of small-scale financial services for the poor). The book asks and attempts to answer bottom-line questions about what we know about the impacts of microfinance and what that implies for how governments, foundations, and investors should support it.

For the many people who (like me) have assumed that very small loans to very poor people are a relatively recent phenomenon, David's chapter three on the (surprisingly long) history of microfinance will come as a quite a surprise. Already David is eliciting thoughtful and informative suggestions from readers.

If you haven't yet figured out how to subscribe to an RSS feed and set up a news reader, David's new open book blog may be just the excuse that you need. You can find a list of CGD RSS feeds and instructions for RSS beginners here.

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