Evidence to practice: Unintended consequences in the absence of data


Published 29.08.18
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Rodger Voorhies shares a first-hand account of the importance of empirical analysis for development practitioners

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Twenty years ago, microfinance was touted as the silver bullet that would help eradicate poverty. Rodger Voorhies speaks about his work implementing microcredit programmes and how he came face-to-face with the realities and unintended consequences of implementing schemes in the absence of rigorous evidence. 

Editor’s note: This is part of our series on how practitioners use economic evidence.