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Why Global Giving now? Or: Why not to put all your eggs in one basket

Why Global Giving can make us a better organization.... More
Charles Darwin was not an aid worker.

In Defence of Duplication, Waste, and Ineffeciency

The structure of the non-profit sector is fundamentally flawed. More competition among NGOs can only make things better.... More
One Acre Fund. One cool idea.

Top 10 Coolest Things at the Skoll World Forum

The title says it all.... More

Oh Hell. This is so Freakin’ Good.

I often wondered about my peer group. Over beers, in my nightmares, as well as over long motorbike rides. My “wondering” has been answered! My very very sincere th... More
Executive Director Scott Gilmore being held accountable by PDT staff for his thought crimes and other counter-revolutionary failures.

PDT’s Failure Report 1.0

We're rolling out Failure Reports at PDT. I began drafting the guidelines for staff to draft their contributions, and then stopped and decided failure starts at the top. There... More
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PDT Is Throwing A Party!

Building a better peace is a complicated business of supporting local markets, creating jobs, organizing bike races, and throwing parties. Wait...what? Did something seem amis... More
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
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

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
Donors are a long way from 50%

The Aspirational (and imaginary) 50% Goal in Kabul

The draft communique from the donor meeting in Kabul has leaked. Tucked in among its 5900 words is a reaffirmation of their desire to channel 50% of donor spending through th... 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
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An Open Letter to Haiti’s President Martelly

In Haiti’s and elsewhere, again and again, the international community responds to war, tsunami, and earthquake the same way. Billions are pledged. Less is disbursed. And al... More
UNIFIL Magazine October 2010

Buying Locally: A Spreading Ethos? UNIFIL, Norway and Xanana.

Well its moving around, popping up in Lebanon, moving quietly to Norway, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (known as the C34), and even in speeches given by lea... More
Jeff Skoll - "invest in, connect and celebrate social entrepreneurs"

The Skoll Forum (one year later)

PDT was extremely fortunate to win the Skoll prize a year ago. It changed everything for us. We found ourselves within a community of social entrepreneurs who face many of th... More

Help! They’re cutting foreign aid…

It's budget season again in Washington. And again it reminds me of a Looney Tunes skit: Congress as Bugs, outwitting and outmaneuvering the aid world that is Daffy.... More
Speechless, frankly

Big Day in Seoul (we won)

PDT was named a People’s Choice winner in the G20 SME Finance Challenge. Our winning idea? Factor Finance for Procurement, which will provide line of credits using soverei... More
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Hope & Progress on a Tuesday Morning

Norway is challenging aid orthodoxy. Melinda Gates fails to ask an important question. Berkeley is full of smart people. And there are some Afghan female entrepreneurs feeli... 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
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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
Note the unmistakeable lack of a bottle

When donor cuts are a good thing

I think it’s great that CIDA has untied aid. This is one step closer to creating an aid industry where the best ideas get funded, not the coziest partners. And I think it... More
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
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
"...everything looks like a nail."

Look out Libya, the airport’s about to get crowded

The one thing the international community is good at is helping to hold elections. The next best thing they can do is build up police forces. After that, its utility per doll... More

Celebrating Tax Day with Transparency

At the PDT offices we're celebrating Tax Day by showing you where our money goes and what it does when it gets there.... More
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Move Fast, Break Things

The aid industry needs to move faster, break more things. Don't believe me? Listen to Warren Buffet.... More
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Tax Dodging, Aid, and Afghanistan

The UN and donors grants ridiculous carte blanche tax breaks to its contractors and sub-contractors. In the case of the UN, the 1946 Convention which allegedly allows this, do... More

Seoul Cabbies and G20 Rumors

I'm in Seoul, at the G20, soaking up the diplomatic ambiance and listening to rumors of an impending announcement by President Obama on SME Finance.... More
The Manifest Destiny of American Generosity?

The Manifest Destiny of American Generosity?

In spite of the ongoing recession, it's unlikely that charitable giving overall is about to plummet into the abyss (although it has decreased by 5% since 2007). Even if corpo... 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
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
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
So true.

It’s funny ’cause it’s true

There is a great little internet meme doing the rounds today. It's called "I Write Like" and the premise is simple. Cut and paste a sample of your writing, press ANALYZE, an... 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

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