5 Myths of Microcredit: Kentaro Toyama explains some of the common misconceptions regarding microcredit for the Atlantic Magazine.
Microblog Helps Parents Find Abducted Children: An estimated 20,000 children are trafficked in China each year. In January a man named Yu Jianrong started a website to help reunite abducted children in China with their parents. Encouraging citizens to take photos of begging children and post it to the blog, Yu’s initiative has already reunited five children with their parents. For more on the story, click here.
Billing for Charity: One restaurant-goer finds a mandatory charitable contribution on his bill and asks if this is really the way to engage customers in philanthropy.
Crowdfunding for Social Enterprises: 33Needs is a new Kickstarter-esque site through which users can invest in social enterprises around the world. The sites focuses on six “Big Need” categories—the planet, education, community, health, opportunity, and sustainable food. What do you think? Is this a good way to invest in the social sector?
China’s Charity’s Suffer from Low Salaries: A recent survey reports that 90 percent of China’s NGO employees earn less than 5,000 yuan (US$750) a month. One NGO leaders says, "when interviewing job applicants, we tell them clearly that they cannot rely on the salary to feed a family or live a decent life." Several experts suggest that more private foundations, which can raise funds for and support NGOs, would contribute significantly to the development of grassroots NGOs. For more on the subject see our post on nonprofit workers and social development.