The Pledge: ASA, Peasant Politics, and Microfinance in the Development of Bangladesh

Hardcover | February 2, 2009

byStuart Rutherford

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ASA of Bangladesh recently topped Forbes Magazine's first ever list of the world's best microfinance banks. This was an extraordinary outcome for an organization that had started life as a revolutionary movement aiming to bring a peasant-led government to the newly-created and desperately poorSouth Asian nation of Bangladesh. This book tells the story of how ASA's determined but practical-minded founder and leader, Shafiqual Haque Choudhury, steered his organization through the maze of competing ideas about how best to develop poor countries. The book sets Choudhury's achievement in thecontext of Bangladesh's chaotic but inspiring post-colonial history, and is rich in its understanding and descriptions of how ordinary village and slum dwellers deal with what politicians, international donors, and development experts throw at them. The author's long and intimate knowledge of ASAand of Bangladeshi microfinance makes this one of the best case-studies of a development organization available to students and the general public.

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ASA of Bangladesh recently topped Forbes Magazine's first ever list of the world's best microfinance banks. This was an extraordinary outcome for an organization that had started life as a revolutionary movement aiming to bring a peasant-led government to the newly-created and desperately poorSouth Asian nation of Bangladesh. This book...

Stuart Rutherford is the founder of SafeSave Bangladesh, an organization that provides reliable basic banking services, profitably, to poor men, women, and children in Dhaka. He became interested in how poor people manage their lives and their money as a result of working in developing countries as an architect and then for NGOs. From...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:February 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195380657

ISBN - 13:9780195380651

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jonathan Murdoch1. The Pledge2. Bengal's Peasant Rebels3. Credit and Poverty in Bengal4. Bangladesh5. Development as Struggle6. Development as Delivery7. The Turn8. The Decade of Growth9. Peaks and Troughs10. Renewing the Pledge11. An International Brand