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Free markets and labour and us.

A new post went up this morning from a guest blogger, Anthony DeMattee on wage levels among NGOs and other local employers. Less than a minute later, I got an email calling it... More
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Haiti: Learning to Fish

PDT's Fellow Mariana Keller travels to Haiti and discovers why helping Haitians help themselves is more important than giving handouts.... More
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PDT Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

PDT is excited to participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week this year! Here's why.... 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
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
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Bringing some sex appeal to the aid industry

Wherein I argue that the new, ridiculous, ABC doctor drama Off the Map will actually be good for the aid industry. I know, I can't believe I wrote that either.... More
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We told you buying local would work

About ten years ago, a group of aid workers and UN staff sat around a legendary bar called the Dili Club (it’s gone now, alas) and complained. Our gripes were many, but one... More
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“Shovelling S*%t Uphill”

In mid 2007 I told my boss in the Best Practices Section of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York that I would be resigning in September ... More
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Big Salaries. Low Marketplace Impact. Why NGOs shouldn’t pay more in Haiti.

While in Haiti I was asked to assist a nonprofit with its salary practices. Such a task is simultaneously simple and difficult:... More
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Building Haiti First

The best news to come out of PDT’s recent survey of Haiti’s construction sector is that international organizations are starting to put “Haiti First.” That means they ... More
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Aid is About Action

Some big things are on the horizon for PDT. ... More
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Eau d’Empowerment – the scent of opportunity: a conversation with Barb Stegemann

Intern Clare chats with Barb Stegemann, founder and CEO of The 7 Virtues, a perfume company that sources its essential oils from Afghanistan and Haiti, about trade partnership... More
Presidents Bush and Clinton visit the Maxima plant in Port-au-Prince. Evelien and Kees de Gier (right).

Maxima, S.A. – Building a Better Haiti, Literally

How a casket maker turned shelter manufacturer demonstrates the possibilities in the Haitian marketplace.... More

Walking on Sunshine

This is an odd blog posting. We often get knocked back by dinosaur donors, our own lack of capacity, and the fact that we lean forward hard. However, its all great fun. Thi... More
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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
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Not Wanted: Mercenaries, Missionaries, and Madmen

It’s hard to compete with Wall Street and even Main Street, when the most you can offer is a slightly higher salary, longer hours, some good med-evac insurance, and all the ... More
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Moving Beyond Handouts in Haiti

Why one Haitian businessman calls us the most important NGO in Haiti.... More
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Meet Mariana Keller, PDT’s Journalism Fellow

We've chosen Mariana Keller as the fellow for PDT's Best Fellowship Ever. She's gearing up for her trip to Kabul and Port-au-Prince where she'll be telling the stories of the ... More
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The Adventures of the Little Peacekeeper: An Interview

We caught up with the Little Peacekeeper to find out more about his adventures and what inspires him to work all over the world for peace.... More

The Building Blocks of Transparency

Taylor Steelman learns that aid transparency is essential to measuring (and improving) local procurement in Haiti's construction sector.... More

For Mother’s Day, Don’t Forget The Lug Nut

Is selling Haitian artisans' work at Macy's smart aid?... More
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On being unreasonable: it gets you to the G20.

Being unreasonable has gotten Peace Dividend Trust (PDT) invited to attend the Group of 20 (G20) Summit in South Korea this month. Try that on for size. There have been many ... More
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Send us the money or the kid gets it

Meet “Abdul”. That’s not his real name. I don’t know his real name. We never met. But I saw his photo every day for a year or so on the front page of PDT’s websi... More

Kim Kardashian Saves Haiti

Last year I gave a lecture at a Canadian university that culminated with one student standing up and shouting “This is bullshit!” before marching out. To be honest, while... More

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