Archive for Building Markets, August, 2010

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Latrines: Maslow would have found these very sexy

Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs and the aid industry

Every aid worker, ever donor, every UN manager needs to have a copy of Maslow's pyramid taped to his desk (or tattooed to their hands in the more stubborn cases.)... More

Useful Transparency vs Meaningless Paper Chasing

This is not a debate about transparency vs secrecy. It’s about meaningful transparency vs useless paper chasing. If the goal is to make aid more effective, to save more liv... More
DfID Chief Andrew Mitchell: Visionary or Villain?

Is DfID’s Andrew Mitchell A Visionary or a Villain?

DfID internal memos were leaked to The Observer, revealing that Andrew Mitchell, the new International Development Secretary, plans to renege on some 90 international aid comm... More
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Who gives more aid: Liberals or Conservatives?

Kavya-the-intern has dug up some interesting data on ODA spending patterns for conservative and liberal governments in Canada and the US since the 1960s. It is not what you w... More
Count Schools, Not Vodka Bottles

Overhead: Money to cause trouble

Investors and consumers don't buy Apple stock and Apple iPods because Steve Jobs spends very little on rent and salaries. They do so because Steve Jobs produces the best mp3 ... More
Yes, we have no transparency today.

Transparent, yes. But transparent what?

I find myself in the awkward position of disagreeing with Bill Easterly. Awkward, because a) he is very smart, b) he is very popular in the aid world, and c) I am a big fan.... More
Hmmm, not so generous.

I was WRONG WRONG WRONG

Earlier this week I stumbled across some data sets which seemed to tell me that in Canada and the US, conservative governments spend more on aid. In part, I was right. In an... More
Alan Neal - The CBC Host (who can take the interview anywhere he damn well pleases)

Advice to Donors on Spending Better

If Alan Neal had asked me the question the producer had asked (How can governments ensure their aid money is making a difference?) I would have cleared my throat, and in melli... More

Till Bruckner is (partially) right, but so am I

Till Bruckner came back to me with a very thoughtful response at AidWatchers. In reading it, I found myself agreeing with much he said. This is because I am not suggesting h... More
Approved resources for peacekeeping operations for the period from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 p.4.

A Budget Unexamined is a Budget Wasted?

Well it happens every year. Most people do not realise it but in July every year the United Nations General Assembly writes a series of very big cheques. These pay for the v... More
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PDT Research Analysts Joanna Buckley on Talk of the Nation

On Tuesday August 10, 2010 PDT Research Analyst Joanna Buckley was invited to speak on the National Public Radio (NPR) radio program Talk of the Nation with host Tony Cox. The... More

Folk Songs From the Aid Industry

Last week, in a flash of pique, I dashed off a blog entry welcoming the funding cut to a Canadian aid industry association which had been mostly funded by the Canadian Interna... More

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