Monthly Archives: 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 … Continue reading

Posted in Travel and Culture | Leave a comment

Yunus on Microfinance: Commercialization is Code Word

For my non-microfinance readers, the number one debate in microfinance right now is whether or not organizations should be charging higher interest rates (or improving their operating efficiency) in order to access the capital markets, which opens the doors to … Continue reading

Posted in Microfinance | 3 Comments

Aid in Haiti: Walk, Don’t Run

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Development Economics | Leave a comment

China in Africa: Maybe the West Is Wrong

For decades, the Western world has viewed Africa as a basket case in need of charity, giving huge amounts of aid to corrupt dictators who steal much of the money and squander the rest.  Critics of aid say it creates … Continue reading

Posted in Development Economics, Foreign Policy | 1 Comment

Pastor Rod: A Christian Evangelist’s Strange Role in the Sudan

A month ago I got cable television for the first time in 8 months so that I could watch the World Cup, which airs in the Philippines at 2:30 AM.  And lately, I find myself stopping at Daystar – “faith-based … Continue reading

Posted in Development Economics, Foreign Policy, Travel and Culture | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Travel and Culture | Leave a comment

Interlude: Cool Discoveries in Nature

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Travel and Culture | 1 Comment

The Value Proposition of Microfinance

“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 … Continue reading

Posted in Development Economics, Microfinance | 3 Comments

The Awareness Dilemma: How Nicholas Kristof Gets Us to Care

For those who do not know, Nicholas Kristof is an incurable optimist who writes a column for the New York Times on aid, development, foreign policy, and all things related.  In a video posted to his blog, he took questions … Continue reading

Posted in Development Economics | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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, … Continue reading

Posted in Development Economics | 1 Comment