Category: World Bank

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 3, formalize informality

21 September, 2012 (10:00) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing finance, Informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As I had shown so far in my fifteen minute talk at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC (here’s the full presentation, link in pdf), informality is the norm in rapidly growing global-south cities.  So […]

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 2, underwrite durability

20 September, 2012 (10:00) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing finance, Informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Back in late May, at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC, I had fifteen minutes to describe AHI’s theory of impact in housing finance and slum upgrading, and somehow I managed to distill my full presentation (link in pdf) into […]

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 1, underwrite informality

19 September, 2012 (12:34) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing finance, Informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   A month ago, at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC, I delivered (link in pdf) what may prove the most significant talk I’ve ever given.   Six words and then some   The talk was important not precisely for its content, although that will be the […]

Big, bad banks: Part 2, too bad to fund?

15 October, 2009 (10:27) | Capital markets, FHA, Global news, Subprime, US News, World Bank | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's in Part 1.]   In yesterday’s post, we compared the public pronouncements of two enormous governmental lenders whose financial viabiltiya nd liquidity are in question: FHA in the US, from the New York Times (in plain text) and the World Bank, from the UK Telegraph (in indigo […]

Big, bad banks: Part 1, too big to fail?

14 October, 2009 (10:07) | Capital markets, FHA, Global news, Subprime, US News, World Bank |

By: David A. Smith   Can a government bank fail?    Something a little less visible than that   In the space of a week, that question’s surfaced about two governmental banks – FHA in the US and the World Bank – in stories in the New York Times (which I’ll excerpt in plain text) […]