Monthly Archives: February 2011

China International

A photoessay from Foreign Policy titled “China International” “The mining site, like others along the Irrawaddy River, is a concession given by Burma’s ruling military junta to local warlords or businessmen — who, it is believed, then make deals with … Continue reading

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Did the Poor Cause the Financial Crisis?

“There are two things that matter in politics. The first is money. I can’t remember the second.” – Mark Hanna In December, a group calling itself the Republican Commissioners on the Financial Crisis Inquiry released a report titled the “Financial … Continue reading

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Revolution in Egypt and Wolf Blitzer Saying “Tweet”

What a time to be sort of close to North Africa!  Revolutions abound, first in Tunisia, and now Egypt.  Normally, Develop Economies would offer his opinion on the significance of the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak and its ramifications for Israel, … Continue reading

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Hapinoy Is An Open Source Model for Low-Income Markets

This is the second of two posts about Hapinoy that I wrote for Next Billion. As Hapinoy expands, it reaches more of the BoP market. Through its network of suki stores, the company is able to offer other products and … Continue reading

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NextBillion Post: Awakening a Sleeping Giant

This is part I of a two-part post that appears on NextBillion today.  I will post part II tomorrow. If you’ve ever been to the Philippines, you’ve no doubt seen a row of identical tiny stores selling Coca-Cola and laundry … Continue reading

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Using a Microfranchise as an Open-Source Platform

The following is the full transcript of an interview with Mark Ruiz, the founder of Hapinoy, a franchise of sari-sari stores in the Philippines.  It is a companion piece to an article published on NextBillion. Develop Economies: How did Hapinoy … Continue reading

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Seeing the Pineapple Supply Chain Come Full Circle

For the last week I’ve been in Techiman, a city of 80,000 people and the leading market town in Ghana.  Because it is situated near the Tano River, it has historical significance as a major trade route and is now … Continue reading

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Nicholas Kristof and the Marketing of Development

The other day I listened to an interview with Nicholas Kristof on the role of storytelling in development and its importance for advancing the cause.  Kristof has received a lot of flak from development bloggers for oversimplifying issues and focusing … Continue reading

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