Archive for Building Markets, June, 2010

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An Afghan ATM

Wall Street Journal gets it wrong (UPDATED)

There is an alarming Wall Street Journal article doing the rounds right now, and I don’t think the numbers add up. It states that $3.6 billion siphoned off of aid projects ... More
Space Program? No aid for you!

Today we’re fond of Andrew Mitchell

Here’s to you Andrew Mitchell. Ask questions. Demand answers. And when they don’t come, send your money elsewhere. Because what the developing world needs is not just ... More
Quick!  If the Gulf oil spill were a continent it would be....?

Try Something, Anything: Aid Ideas and the Gulf Oil Spill

Imagine the oil spill as a metaphor for Africa. We’ve been trying junk shots for 50 years. It ain’t working. Time to try something else. ... More
Change is afoot. We can feel it...

Great things in the pipeline

There’s a bounce in my step these days, and the entire office is even more chipper than usual. Even the over-worked under-loved interns are twittering about (metaphorically... More
RX12415

A Different View of Afghanistan

We asked James to visit our team in Afghanistan to help us tell their story and the story of the Afghan's we're trying to assist. He did that and more. The Afghanistan he sh... More
My Mom just bought 30 copies.

Economist magazine

Imagine my delight to discover PDT is in this week's edition of The Economist. And we didn't even have to buy one of those outrageously overpriced career ads!... More
Project staff helped this rancher find an international buyer for his cattle

Bad news – Award-winning Timor Marketplace Project Shutting Down

We have a cool and innovative economic impact project in Timor Leste, and its about to close. Why? Lack of funding. We have several smaller donors supporting it, including ... More

UN Peacekeeper Day 29 May.

Notwithstanding that the UN offers a shoddy product when it comes to peacekeeping its worth remembering a few things. 1) It is much better than it was 10 years ago. 2) It is ... More
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Unexpected Good News

Ban Ki Moon drops a (good) bombshell in Toronto: the world is on target to actually meet one of it's Millennium Development Goals, halving the number of people living in extre... More
The Reality  [CLICK ON GRAPH TO PLAY WITH VARIABLES]

Are Poor Countries Better at Football?

If the conventional wisdom is correct, poor uneducated people are better at football, then the nations with the lowest GDP and literacy rates would have the best odds for winn... More

Liberian Economy – Rock Bottom, on the way up?

Reading local newspapers is the best way for newcomers to start learning about a place. Its got news, culture, gossip. Informs and entertains. Just like TV? More importantl... More

Thumbs Up on UNMIL? Yep.

During a visit to Liberia in early May I was met with a terribly pleasant surprise. The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) thinks of itself as an economic engine! Whe... More

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