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Middle ground between the supply-wallahs and demand-wallahs

[Editor's Note:┬áThis post is the third in a series of six excerpts from Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo's Poor Economics, specifically from chapter 4 (on education policy) - Top of the Class. Part 1 provided the supply-wallahs perspective, Part 2 was the counterpoint from the demand-wallahs. This post presents the middle ground.] At the core […]

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The Supply Demand Wars in Education Policy – Part 2

[Editor's Note:┬áThis post is the second in a series of six excerpts from Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo's Poor Economics, specifically from chapter 4 (on education policy) - Top of the Class. Part 1 provided the supply-wallahs perspective. This excerpt provides the demand-wallahs perspective.] The Demand Wallahs’ Case For the “demand wallahs”, a set of […]

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FarmsNFarmers – a full-service approach to maximizing farmers profits

[Editor's Note: A few weeks ago, I had an engaging conversation with Shashank Kumar, co-founder of Farms N Farmers, an end-to-end farmer consulting-and-marketing social enterprise with the goal to maximize profits for small plot farmers. This post is based on our conversation and subsequent email exchanges.] After 5 long months, I was finally reminded of […]

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Supply-Demand Wars in Education Policy – Part 1

[Editor's Note: The best non-fiction book I ever borrowed used to be Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel. That distinction is in real danger of being usurped by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo's Poor Economics. There are many reasons to read this book cover to cover but if you are looking for that ONE reason, […]

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Establishing commodity cooperatives – role of promoting organizations

[Editor's Note: This is the final part of a 7-part series on commodity cooperatives in drought prone regions, originally authored as a pre-published paper by Dr. Trilochan Sastry (Academic Dean, IIM-Bangalore and social entrepreneur/activist). Dr. Sastry is shaping a new model for farmer owned-and-run commodity cooperatives in Andhra Pradesh through Center for Collective Development (CCD), […]

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Establishing commodity cooperatives – promoter philosophy, leadership and cooperative rules

[Editor's Note: This is part 6 of a 7-part series on commodity cooperatives in drought prone regions, originally authored as a pre-published paper by Dr. Trilochan Sastry (Academic Dean, IIM-Bangalore and social entrepreneur/activist). Dr. Sastry is shaping a new model for farmer owned-and-run commodity cooperatives in Andhra Pradesh through Center for Collective Development (CCD), a […]

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Greenway Smart Stove: A cleaner smarter stove for 150 million BOP households

[Editor's Note: I briefly met Neha Juneja, co-founder of Mumbai-based Greenway Grameen Infra, on the sidelines of Sankalp Forum (covered here). I followed up with a phone conversation with her last week. This post is based on our conversation and related research. Greenway Grameen was one of the Sankalp finalists in the Agricultural, Food & […]

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The mud chulhas of India

I’m still halfway through my post on Greenway Grameen Infrastructure (published here). The Greenway Grameen Infra crew has done a fair amount of market research and have amassed a veritable photo collection that shows the diversity of mud chulhas (stoves) being used in different parts of India. I present to you those pictures (courtesy Greenway […]

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Establishing commodity cooperatives – crucial role of member stakes

[Editor's Note: This is part 5 of a 7-part series on commodity cooperatives in drought prone regions, originally authored as a pre-published paper by Dr. Trilochan Sastry (Academic Dean, IIM-Bangalore and social entrepreneur/activist). Dr. Sastry is shaping a new model for farmer owned-and-run commodity cooperatives in Andhra Pradesh through Center for Collective Development (CCD), a […]

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BOPEEI: Generating off-grid electricity in cloudy and coastal regions

[Editor's Note: An early blog subscriber and friend clued me onto an energy inclusion social enterprise started by one of her classmates from University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. The entrepreneur is Ashish Gawade and the enterprise is BOPEEI. This blog post is based on my phone conversation with Ashish and related research.] How […]

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