Barefooted Bankers - by Jean-Michel Servet[Reading report] by Céline Lévy

2012-12-01

The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2011-2012. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University. Céline Lévy interests herself a lot for microfinance and for synergies between the public and private sectors, for initiatives promoting economic development.

Jean-Michel Servet aims at presenting a critical analysis of microfinance that underlines its limits and depicts its promises. After defining the term, the author explores the context and roots of its development and growth. He illustrates the diversity of the models of microfinance organizations and analyzes the conditions of their success as well as their performances, impacts and effects. Finally, he advocates a new way of thinking microfinance, not as a neoliberal instrument, but rather as a practice pertaining to the field of the social economy, which has to be articulated with the public sector. Barefooted Bankers offers a transversal, highly documented and fascinating analysis of microfinance – a financial practice qualified as alternative – and inscribes it in the field of the social economy.

Quote article  Céline Lévy, « Barefooted Bankers - by Jean-Michel Servet », 01 december 2012, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]
http://appli6.hec.fr/amo/Articles/Entry/Item/283.sls

In the same section

No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies - by Naomi Klein

[Reading report]

[Reading report] : Peggy Nicod

This analysis goes further than a regular analysis of Naomi Klein's major essay, No Logo. It puts in perspective her own criticism of the big, bad « corporations » and their abuse in communications with the true impact of her alternative propositions for the future.

>>Read more

The Communist Party Manifesto - by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

[Reading report]

[Reading report] : Aurélien Philippe

The Communist Party Manifesto is neither a detailed and precise text nor a program. The authors want to analyze society, and that leads to it being compartmentalized in classes; they also want to demonstrate that a trans-national force exists, that it has arisen, is developing, and organizing...

>>Read more

The White Man's Burden, by William Easterly

[Reading report]

[Reading report] : Guillaume Angué

After more than 60 years of development aid, extreme poverty is still a severe problem on several continents. William Easterly tries to analyze why development aid failed to work as expected and had some bad effects on the poorest people. Agencies are not held responsible, target populations are...

>>Read more

The protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism - by Max Weber

[Research paper]

[Research paper] : Alice de Rochechouart

This book studies how the protestant ethic and its asceticism contributed to shape and to spread the spirit of modern capitalism. The reformed Protestants believed in predestination, and were looking for the evidence of their divine election in strict labor ethics, where economical profit was...

>>Read more

Governing the Commons – The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action - by Elinor Ostrom

[Reading report]

[Reading report] : François Bottollier-Depois

Governing the commons, which was published in 1990 in English and in 2010 in French, is a major work written by Elinor Ostrom, and thanks to which she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics. This book gathers the field data that several dozens of scientists collected during several decades, so as...

>>Read more

With the same doctype

Reading report

The Shale Gas Mirage - by Thomas Porcher At the heart of the shale gas debate,... by Elsa Walwer
The Communist Party Manifesto - by Karl... The Communist Party Manifesto is... by Aurélien Philippe
Translucent society – taking to an... Translucent society focuses mostly on... by Badis Boussouar
One-dimensional man by Herbert Marcuse In One-dimensional Man, Herbert Marcuse... by Fabien Hildwein
The Protestant ethic and the spirit of... Following the rational ethics of... by Nilufar Oberreiner
End of the West, birth of the World -... Coming back to the origins of mankind,... by Matthieu Dardaillon
The History of Development – From... For decades, development has been used... by Camille Deniau
Farewell Growth, A Good Life in a World... Is it possible to live in an economic... by François-Xavier Faucounau
On the way to social innovation,... On the way to social innovation is... by Joséphine Bouchez
Slow Food, collected thoughts on taste,... In this book, Carlo Petrini presents... by Audrey Boulkaid