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The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations Message From the Editor D iscussions and debate concerning global poverty alleviation have steadily increased at the Whitehead School over the past few years, but I had not realized how mainstream the urgency had become until a popular television host used the phrase “the gap between the rich and poor is growing.” I had never heard it used outside of an academic environment, but it became apparent that the public was beginning to catch on; this notion has sadly come to define the current global economic situation. Scholars and experts alike have been developing theories on the most effective strategy for poverty alleviation, but unlike the consensus for global cooperation to address the problem, the method has yet to be agreed upon. Microcredit is one such strategy which has garnered some interest and support in the past few years. In an effort to simultaneously educate the public and foster microfinance programs, the United Nations declared 2005, “The Year of Microcredit.” Furthermore,
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