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Co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Abhijit Banerjee expresses the viewpoint of, and need for, patient optimism in Forbes India:

“Politicians prefer not to be told that they need to wait three years before they can launch their flagship programme; journalists prefer stories about grand successes to qualified endorsements; donors want to eliminate poverty today, and being told that we don’t know how to, puts a pall on the proceedings. But in the end these are our resources that are being wasted, our hopes that are being betrayed. And all these people are meant to be our agents. We have to convince them that we want evidence rather than emotions, measured success rather than failed miracles, trial rather than error.“


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