Monthly Archive: September, 2013

The old and the new

I just accidentally discovered a very interesting way to get some of the perspective I’ve been talking about in this blog. Go to google images and type Poverty. Click on Find. You’ll see… Continue reading

Fostering Dignity, not Dependence

“We have to get better at answering the questions that need to be considered when we think about consequences and responses.” -Jacqueline Novogratz, 2005 Jacqueline Novogratz is actually an example of someone who started out… Continue reading

A new way of doing “business as usual”

I’ll try to stay more on the solution-based side from now on. Since the academic statements do serve as a baseline for a clearer evaluation of the situation and are imperative to formulate… Continue reading

Is poverty an economic measure?

“The most miserable and tragic thing about poverty is not the lack of bread and roof, but the feeling of being no-one.” José Antonio Abreu is a venezuelan economist who developed a different… Continue reading

Dead Aid

“We live in a culture of aid. We live in a culture in which those who are better offsubscribe – both mentally and financially – to the notion that giving alms to the… Continue reading

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

This is a harsh sounding statement, I know. Thats why I will never forget the day I read “To Hell With Good Intentions”. It is a speech given in 1968 by Iván Illich… Continue reading

“A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty”

Easterly’s views also remind me a bit of Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee’s Book named Poor Economics, where they urge us to re-think all these stereotypes on which many academic writing or even… Continue reading

A system sustained by (and sustaining) stereotypes

“Economic development in Africa will depend — as it has elsewhere and throughout the history of the modern world — on the success of private-sector entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and African political reformers. It… Continue reading

Real Development: Ecosystems for Entrepreneurs

One of the most interesting conversations I had during my visit to Kenya was with Mbwana Ali, when I visited the iHub, a technology and business incubator in Nairobi. He started Savannah Fund,… Continue reading

Is Poverty a reality or a Social Construction?

To start talking about the concept of poverty, I want to share some thoughts that spurred this summer while I was living in a rural village in Kenya. This village by almost any… Continue reading