UO's Karim participates on microfinance panel
Lamia Karim, associate director at University of Oregon’s Center for the Study of Women in Society and author of a definitive book on microfinance, joined a Dec. 6 panel discussion in San Francisco on "Is Microfinance Dying?" Panelists were to discuss the future of microfinance during the global financial crisis. The event was sponsored by The Silicon Valley Microfinance Network, the largest microfinance network in California. Karim was invited as an expert on microfinance based on her book, "Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh," which was published last March. The book, which made Huffington Post’s list of the most anticipated books of 2011, discusses the relationship between NGOs and the women indebted to them. The panel discussion also featured Dr. Ruth Shapiro from the Commonwealth Club, Maya Chorengel from Elevar Equity, and Sean Foote from Labrador Partners and the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business.