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Aid vs. Development

How can we consolidate aid and development not only into a single discussion but also into an approach that helps developing nations grow beyond the challenges of hunger, pove... 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
SWEDOW Flowchart V2

Send, Sell, or Trash? Use the SWEDOW Flowchart (2.0)

Got a million t-shirts to give away? Aid mob hot on your heels? Don't know if you should send the shirts to Africa? Sell them? Trash them? Worry no more. This handy SWEDOW ... More
A disgusting, self-serving apologist speaks

In Defence of In Defence of Secrecy

Take from this what you will, but when something I've written angers the mob to this extent, I feel that was labour well paid. (In fact, I've even inserted several of those q... 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

Building Stuff in Afghanistan: the view from the ivory tower

Why does development theory matter? What can it tell us about building stuff in Afghanistan? Find out inside! ... 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

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