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Jennifer P. Holt
The Aspirational (and imaginary) 50% Goal in Kabul
20 July 2010 | Building Markets
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...
What Aid can learn from Hollywood
15 May 2010 | Building Markets
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...
Not Wanted: Mercenaries, Missionaries, and Madmen
4 May 2010 | Building Markets
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 ...
Bureaucrat Bob vs Bill Gates
28 April 2010 | Building Markets
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...
Great things in the pipeline
2 June 2010 | Building Markets
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...
Send us the money or the kid gets it
13 May 2010 | Building Markets
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...
Kim Kardashian Saves Haiti
2 May 2010 | Building Markets
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...
Chairman Mao knew how to improve aid
30 May 2010 | Building Markets
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...
Donald Rumsfeld, Naked Joe, and Aid Data
6 May 2010 | Building Markets
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...
Mystery man who is so funny, you cry
30 April 2010 | Building Markets
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. ...
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