South & East Asia

Noble Credits: False Hope and True Despairs – On the Political Economy of Microcredit
1. July 2011

The disbursing of small credit amounts is hailed as prime pathway out of poverty. But is it really? The case for their high interest rates is poor, the claim of high repayment rates doubtful. I found many former customers entrapped in a vicious cycle of loans. Lastly, micro-credit loans played their part in changing the consumption pattern of rural people, and, in passing, reshaped their life style by integrating them with the international capitalist system.

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India, China and the Influence-Seeking Game in Nepal
2. June 2011

Nepal has increasingly become a place of great power competition between its neighbors India and China. Both the decision not to allow the Tibetan refugee population to vote for its government-in-exile in March of this year and the recent visit of the Chinese army chief who promised a military aid package worth $19 million indicate strong Chinese presence. As India moves to counter Chinese actions, political progress in Nepal will be undermined.

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South & East Asia

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    Johanna Hartz-Goiteom
    Regional Director South & East Asia
Johanna Hartz-Goiteom
Regional Director South & East Asia

Johanna Hartz-Goiteom is regional director for “South & East Asia” and member of the Impact Group EU-ASEAN Perspectives.

Johanna is currently in the second year of the double degree master’s program Public Affairs and Management at HEC Paris and Freie Universität Berlin. She received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Mannheim and studied one semester at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. She wrote her bachelor thesis about the educational attainment of children with a migration background in Germany.

Johanna has gained practical experience though internships with consultancies, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in Mumbai, the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim.

Johanna speaks German, English, Spanish and is learning French.

E-Mail: johanna.hartzgoiteom@ifair.eu