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Aid & transparency

Development expert Owen Barder writes in today’s Guardian about the transparency of aid.  His piece a result of a USAID and EU Foreign Affairs Council announcement that they will “publish details of (their) aid programs.”  Everyone will get to see how aid money is spent.  You can read the entire, brilliant piece here.  I just wanted […]
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Nick Kristof & a few do-gooders

Nicholas Kristof is among today’s great writers.  I was instantly mesmerized when he transitioned from daily reporting in China to the New York Times op-ed page. Just consider this excellent piece “Cassandra Speaks” written in March 2003 on the eve of the Bush invasion of Iraq.  It thoughtfully questions the wisdom of the invasion, using […]
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Clinton Global Initiative 2010: Things that made me go “hmmm…”

Poverty: A man or a woman? This year’s CGI kicked-off with “girl power.”  Specifically, the need to educate them, protect them, respect them, prepare them and empower them.   Among the ideas tossed around at this week’s do-gooder conclave that made me go “hmmm”: Technology: Cherie Blair who heads up her own foundation for women wants […]
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How to make Haiti a partner

“We will be here today, tomorrow, and for the time ahead,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during her four-hour visit last week to Haiti. We should be in Haiti in the time ahead, but not as patrons.  America needs to be Haiti’s partner.  But how do we get there? Tyler Cowen has a great […]
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Guido Galli September 5, 1967-January 2010

This morning I learned that Guido Galli was killed in Haiti last week. Guido was not a close friend. We met once, over brunch not far from Central Park, though I had been hearing about him through a mutual friend for a while.  At the time he was working at the UN headquarters in New […]
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The Haiti Earthquake: Aid & voodoo, but no answers

The Haiti earthquake “is not a natural disaster story.  This is a poverty story,” writes David Brooks in “The Underlying Tragedy,” in yesterday’s New York Times.   Here’s why I agree with him, and still think he’s so wrong. 1. Aid: “We don’t know how,” Brooks says “to use aid to reduce poverty.”  I agree.  Despite […]
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