Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Scourge of NGOs

Right now I am up in Tamale working with the ADVANCE office here.  I am meeting with maize farmers to help them think about how to invest in yellow maize production.  There is a financial institution that is providing credit … Continue reading

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Develop Economies Hits 100,000…Hits

Develop Economies would like to thank all of his loyal and disloyal readers for their continued patronage of the site.  It has been more than a year since I began blogging, migrating from my original site, joshweinstein.wordpress.com, to Develop Economies, … Continue reading

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The Battle for the Soul of Microfinance

Microfinance is going through some major growing pains right now, hitting its first major challenge since it hit the mainstream in 2005 after Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize.  The “silver bullet” of poverty alleviation that brought credit to … Continue reading

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Commodity Speculation, Rising Food Prices, and Goldman Sachs

Old habits die hard, and the motor patterns in my fingers that brought me to the Drudge Report so many times when I worked in a cubicle in Boston once again led me to page the other day.  Living up … Continue reading

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Membership Drive

Followers of the Develop Economies, I would like to urge each and every one of you to subscribe to Develop Economies by putting your email address in the box on the right side of the screen, or sign up to … Continue reading

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‘Active Incubator Models’ and Management for Social Enterprises (Part 2)

Part two of my two-part Next Billion series. The ASEI incubation model has three phases. During the first phase, ASEI, in conjunction with the originator (or the visionary behind a would-be enterprise), develop a business model. The organization evaluates the … Continue reading

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‘Active Incubator Models’ and Management for Social Enterprises

The following was originally posted on NextBillion.  It is the first post in a two-part series about social enterprise incubators. There is no shortage of visionaries in the world with game-changing ideas. But there is a deficit of individuals with … Continue reading

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Interview with Markus Dietrich of ASEI

The following is an interview I conducted with Markus Dietrich, the founder of the Asian Social Enterprise Incubator.  This is a complement to a two-part blog post I wrote for Next Billion, seen here. Develop Economies: How did you decide … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Fresh Pineapple Exports in Ghana

Yesterday I met with the founder of a pineapple exporting company in Ghana.  He is one of the first pineapple exporters in the country, opening his operation in 1985.  He is one of the founding members of Seafreight Pineapple Exporters … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Cash: The New Approach to Food Aid

A few years ago, I used to subscribe to Harper’s Magazine.  The lead article in one of the issues was titled “Let them eat cash: Can Bill Gates turn hunger into profit?”  It seemed interesting, but couldn’t really understand much … Continue reading

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