[ensu] Fwd: Oct 27 Waste- Econ Seminar Series: Microfinance in Vietnam

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 --- Mona El-Haddad <m.elhaddad@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
> From: "Mona El-Haddad" <m.elhaddad@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To:   <m.elhaddad@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Oct 27 Waste- Econ Seminar Series:
> Microfinance in Vietnam
> Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 11:29:35 -0400
> 
> RSVP REQUIRED; PLEASE DO NOT PRESS "REPLY"; 
> PLEASE RSVP TO CURTISPUNCHER@xxxxxxxxx BY OCT 22ND.
> ***************************************************
> 
> WASTE-ECON SEMINAR SERIES
> The Waste-Econ Program (Dept. of Geography and
> Institute for
> Environmental Studies), in conjunction with the
> Asian Institute
> presents:
>  
> Microfinance, Neoliberalism and the Doi Moi Reforms:
> the contradictory
> role of grassroots lending programs in the
> transition to market
> socialism in Vietnam.
>  
> Presenter: Yogendra Shakya, PhD candidate,
> Department of Geography, U of
> T.
>  
> DATE:  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27th 2004.
> Time: 12:00 noon  2:00 p.m.
> Place:  Munk Centre for International Studies, 
> Room 108 N, 1 Devonshire Place 
>  
> Abstract
> Vietnam has witnessed impressive economic growth
> during the last decade
> (growth rate has been above 8% annually for the past
> decade, on par with
> China). The state-led Doi Moi (renovation)
> campaign that seeks to
> fashion a market socialist system in Vietnam, and
> which consists of
> major macroregulatory reforms  such as
> decollectivization of agrarian
> cooperatives, the introduction of private property
> and the privatization
> of state-owned enterprises  is credited with
> triggering this economic
> advancement. Interestingly, two other salient
> processes are taking place
> in Vietnam at the same time as th! ese state-led
> reforms: a donor led
> campaigns to promote neolibera! list free-market
> system and an NGO led
> movement to make development planning more
> participatory and
> community based. These three processes, and their
> underlying political
> ideologies, are clashing and becoming conflated in
> interesting ways. On
> the whole, however, the encounters between these
> three salient processes
> has occurred in ways that (1) confound, rather than
> clarify, the
> contradictions of development planning in the South;
> and, (2) short
> change the efforts of advancing progressive
> alternatives to neoliberal
> capitalism. For instance, donors and grassroots NGOs
> in Vietnam have
> struck a strongly neoliberalist alliance so as to
> weaken the
> institutions of redistributive planning in Vietnam.
> The above arguments
> are demonstrated through problematizing the politics
> behind the mainstr!
> eaming of a grassroots lending program called
> microfinance in Vietnam
> during the last decade. While helping to make
> banking services more
> accessible, I argue that the rapid proliferation of
> microfinance (at a
> time when other public sector planning is being
> downsized), and
> moreover, the portrayal of microfinance by donors
> and grassroots NGOs as
> the panacea for poverty in Vietnam, indicates that
> Doi Moi and
> grassroots alternatives are increasingly becoming
> neoliberalized. This
> presentation is based on an eight month long field
> research on the
> microfinance sector in Vietnam.
>  
> 
> Light lunch will be provided; Please RSVP to
> curtispuncher@xxxxxxxxx by
> Oct 22nd.
> 
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>  

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