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Local Procurement: An effective way for mining companies to contribute to economic and social development

One of the most effective means that mining companies can utilize to spread the economic benefits of mining activity is to increase the amount of local goods and services they... More

Tips for International Job-Hunters

Melissa Mullan has some tips for job-seekers in international development.... More
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Local Perspectives: Children on Education

Meet entrepreneurs, helped by PDM-Helmand, who are building the Helmandi marketplace! This is the last part of the series.... More
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Growing Local Business

Meet entrepreneurs, helped by PDM-Helmand, who are building the Helmandi marketplace! This is part four of the series.... More
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The Helmand National Investors Association: Strength in Numbers

Helmand is still one of the most difficult operating environments in Afghanistan. Despite the security challenges, local entrepreneurs in the country’s largest province disp... More
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Quietude in Qabul

We think about and write about development on this blog, but not every inspiration has to be from another development worker or writer or thinker. We can keep a certain perspe... More

Current Contracting Loses the COIN Fight

One of the brilliant effects of Afghan First, maybe the reason that I believe that it will lead to a stable and secure Afghanistan faster than any other economic policy, is th... More

Making Liberian banks work for SMEs (and vice versa)

Our Liberia 3FP team is working with Liberian banks to design a pre-financing credit product to help address some of the needs and challenges of both Liberian SMEs and banks.... More
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The Need for More Local Procurement in Haiti

A cross-post from CDG about the need for more and better local procurement in Haiti, complete with mentions of Yours Truly and recommendations for how to make that happen!... More
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Local Perspectives: A Day in the Park

Meet entrepreneurs, helped by PDM-Helmand, who are building the Helmandi marketplace! This is part six of the series.... More
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From Mines to Markets

Meet entrepreneurs helped by the PDM-Helmand project. Part three in the series.... More
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Young Entrepreneurs Making Waves in Africa: A chat with Now AfriCAN

Laura Seay speaks with Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda, co-founder of Now AfriCAN, an organization working to empower and train young African entrepreneurs. ... More

Revolution Unending...

There is an indigenous movement brewing in Kabul. It's not the neo-Taliban or foreign fighters, nevertheless it is revolutionary. Unlike Tunisia or Cairo, its agents of change... More

COIN Contracting Pt 2: Tactical Patience Matters

As promised, I’m going to focus on “pace of operations,” “operational necessity,” and local procurement for part two in this series. To wit: current demands on Afgh... More
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Liberia Progressing Forward

Stephen Lee shares his insights on progress in Liberia.... More
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Guest post from the IFC's Roland Michelitsch: Creating more and better jobs

The IFC's Roland Michelitsch explains the IFC's recent jobs study and why creating more and better jobs is the surest way to help millions of people out of poverty.... More
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A Juicy Tale

Meet entrepreneurs, helped by PDM-Helmand, who are building the Helmandi marketplace! This is part five of the series.... More
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Helmandi Business Resilience

Helmand is still one of the most difficult operating environments in Afghanistan. Despite the security challenges, local entrepreneurs in the country’s largest province disp... More
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Happy Women’s Day from Afghanistan

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day -- which, incidentally, used to be called International Working Women’s Day -- with this year's theme being:... More
Quarterly SIGAR Report (January 2011)

We're Back! With Highlights from SIGAR.

PDT’s Afghanistan team is back on the blog train, folks, and we've got a lot of posts coming your way this month. First, we'll save you the trouble of reading all 160+ pages... More

Rethinking Contracting as the Front Lines of COIN, Pt 1

Many international organizations (IOs) are making good-faith efforts at local procurement, without PDT involvement. They do the best they can to collect and store company inf... More

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