Month: July 2010

Develop Economies Goes to Davao

I am going to a Microfinance conference in Davao in southern Philippines for the next few days.  The conference is called “Beyond Credit” and will feature speakers from the Philippines and around the world.  I will consider it a fact…

Aid in Haiti: Walk, Don’t Run

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The devastation of the earthquake in Haiti left millions homeless and hungry.  The world rallied behind the cause, pledging billions of dollars of assistance (mostly from the United States), with private donors like you and me giving money for charities…

Develop Economies Goes to Hong Kong

I’m heading to Hong Kong for four days of hi-jinks.  In the meantime, I’ll take the opportunity to resurrect a post I wrote that mentions Hong Kong as an example of how a colonial power created a model for a…

Interlude: Cool Discoveries in Nature

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In nature news, there have been two major firsts discovered in animal kingdom.  In my previous life, I was a biologist, making this post a logical tangent.  An immortal jellyfish and a photosynthetic sea slug.  It is a banner year…

The Value Proposition of Microfinance

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“The value proposition of microfinance doesn’t lie in it’s being the strongest tool against poverty that we can possibly imagine.  The value proposition lies in the fact that it is very helpful to cope with poverty, and it’s a very…

A Litmus Test for Waging a War on Terror

The masters of war of late never seem to be the ones actually doing the fighting.  In fact, most of them have never fought, ever.  George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Paul Wolfowitz, David Addington, Douglas Feith, Bill Kristol,…