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Karuna Prakash Mukudum, a coordinator working for Financial Information Network and Operations Ltd (FINO), processes a smart card as she collects money from a woman in Wavanje village of Raigad district, about 50 km from Mumbai July 2, 2013. Picture taken July 2. To match story INDIA-BANK/  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS) - RTX11AYC
Future Development

Future Development Reads: Fintech, trade agreements, and positive news from Pakistan

This week we posted a blog by Indermit Gill arguing that growth is the real driver of poverty reduction, not cash transfers. But for a somewhat opposing view, and to appreciate the potential of fintech, look at the video of Infosys’ Nandan Nilekani on what is happening in India with the rollout of its Aadhar system. 

We also featured a post on the coming debates on trade agreements: Do they work and who benefits? Jason Furman, former head of the Council of Economic Advisers, and others have an interesting breakdown of winners and losers in the U.S. from tariffs.

Amidst all the gloomy news on the global economy, Tyler Cowen, economics professor at George Mason University, has had a pleasant surprise. 

This blog was first launched in September 2013 by the World Bank and the Brookings Institution in an effort to hold governments more accountable to poor people and offer solutions to the most prominent development challenges. Continuing this goal, Future Development was re-launched in January 2015 at

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