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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
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What Aid can learn from Hollywood

The movie going public understands that spending more isn't the secret to success. This weekend at Cannes, you won’t hear people demanding that Hollywood spend more money o... More
Don't Touch the Red Stapler

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

Bureaucrat Bob vs Bill Gates

I’m no fan of Bill Gates’ operating system, but I do like what he does with disease. Let me explain why. I came to the aid world from the government side. I was a diplo... More
Change is afoot. We can feel it...

Great things in the pipeline

There’s a bounce in my step these days, and the entire office is even more chipper than usual. Even the over-worked under-loved interns are twittering about (metaphorically... More
Partners in Health

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
Chairman Mao: Aid visionary

Chairman Mao knew how to improve aid

I’ve been recalling the period before I quit my job as a diplomat to launch Peace Dividend Trust. I was a rash thing to do. So, before I leapt, I cautiously tested the wat... More

Donald Rumsfeld, Naked Joe, and Aid Data

In the bustling world of epistemology, however, Donald’s ramblings were not dementia, but a good summary of an important element of decision theory (which can be applied dir... More
Hand Relief International

Mystery man who is so funny, you cry

The staff at PDT have a new hero. His name is Dr. Kurtz, and every time he uploads a new blog post or tweets a new tweet, there is a buzz of joy that goes around the office. ... More

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