Immersed in development economics and poverty: No time

In my last blog, I mentioned that I am moving over to poverty reduction related work from COVID-19. Sure enough, as I mentioned I got myself immersed into development economics. Ultimately poverty reduction is an economics subject. Even to share my experience I need to use economics language and jargon.

I had been wanting to learn development economics. I thought of some of the institutions offering courses on this topic. They were all costly beyond my affordability. Fortunately, I came across a course offered online free of cost by Marginal Revolution University, a unit of George Mason University, USA. I had started the course a few months back. I needed to increase the pace of learning.

Shortly after I posted my last blog, I went full stream into learning development economics. I had to go though about 200 videos on different topics on development economics. Not all were very long, with the longest ones being about eighteen minutes. But in the last two days, I would have viewed about twenty-five videos. I learnt so much about development economics. After some attempts, I managed to pass the final exam and got an online certificate for the same. It just increases my knowledge without adding to my cv.

Immediately I sat down to bring in all I learnt on this new subject into my next book. As I was going through the course, I came across a number of sub topics around which I had real life practical experiences in poverty reduction. I was able to write those experiences. Now I have reached a bottle neck as I try to look at research designs for measuring poverty reduction. My writing has slowed down considerably.

Now you can understand why I have been delayed in posting my blogs. My sincere apologies for the delay. I am thankful to the many readers of my blog in LinkedIn. It is your enthusiasm that makes me write more often.

That’s where I stand in my blogging. I had assumed that with the second wave in India coming down, there may not be anything more to write about Covid 19. Maybe I was wrong. There are four different variant strains of SARS CoV-19. First is the alpha virus from China, the original one. The second is the beta variant from S. Africa. The third one is gamma variant from Brazil. Fourth is the delta variant from India. Now we also have delta plus. So, I may be forced to write about these variants at some time if they are problematic.

Those of you who would like to keep abreast of the news relating to Covid-19, may want to see and subscribe to the YouTube videos posted by Dr David Campbell. He provides most up-to-date information on this disease.

In one of my next blogs, I will share about what I am learning about development economics and poverty reduction.

Now I am entering an area where I would like professionals to be critical of what I write. That is how knowledge is built.

Of course, you can also ask very specific and pointed questions relating to any area that I am communicating through my blogs. Your questions will focus my responses.

Thanks

Rajaratnam Abel

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Having completed my undergraduate medical education from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Then I had the privilege of completing my Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. I could also complete my PhD in Chennai, India. Based on my extensive work in nutrition backed by a number of scientific publication, I also received the Fellowship of the International College of Nutrition (FICN). I retired from active service in 2005. Since then God enabled me to be a Consultant Public Health Physician, at the SUHAM Trust of the DHAN Foundation in Madurai. I am involved in providing community based health care support to a large number Self Help Groups in 14 Indian states.

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