JESSE EISINGER writing for NYT on Mark Zuckerberg’s latest announcement: Of course, nobody thinks our government representatives do a good job of allocating resources. Politicians — a bunch of bums! Maybe Mr. Zuckerberg will make wonderful decisions, ones I would personally be happy with. Maybe not. He blew his $100 million donation to the Newark […]

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Over the last month, my colleagues Wayan Vota, Jessica Heinzelman, and myself launched a Kickstarter project to help all those jaded humanitarians out there saving the world unleash their long-held skepticism about their own industry – in essence, a card game to save humanitarians. It’s Cards Against Humanity meets indigenous alcohol and inadequate danger pay (no you […]

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The downside to modernization – in this case the village moving from fossil fuel burning as an energy source to solar-powered everything – is that you lose some long-held traditions. The village used to be a place where, just the mere thought of it, made you calm and at peace. You expected a sea of […]

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Just discovered Mark Manson, blogging on relationships for Business Insider(?). I suppose business people are human and must, at some point in their time off, have relationships with real life people. Either way this is some great advise, not only for romantic relationship, but also for friendships as well. Case in point: Successful couples accept […]

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Secret aid worker blogging for the Guardian: This uncomfortable taboo is rarely discussed among socially progressive NGO workers. As aid workers, we assure ourselves that we are “here to help” the people in our host countries. We call it a “post” or an “assignment”, as if we’re on a special secret mission, and forget that […]

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Over the next few months, I am switching focus to my fledgling agricultural startup, Raintree Farms. For the last six years I’ve been nipping at the heels of an idea I wanted to explore: how much of an impact can members of the diaspora make in their communities if they switched focus from simple remittances […]

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High-level policies aren’t his only frustration. Ruge has also called out celebrity-led charities, like actor Ashton Kutcher’s 2009 campaign against malaria, which had him racing CNN for a million Twitter followers. The Hollywood star promised to buy 10,000 bed nets if he won. In response, Ruge wrote on his blog, “Celebrity stunts of altruism are […]

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Behind every woman should be a man pushing her forward and in front of every woman should be a man pulling her forward.

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Last week I published a piece in the Guardian as part of the Global Development Professionals network. The piece was in response to Professor Calestous Juma’s call for “more, not fewer, governance prizes,” which he published in Kenya’s Daily Nation online magazine. In it, Juma argues in part that: It is true that some countries […]

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Guardian: Why are foodies turning their backs on Fairtrade? “When you get to the bottom of it, [the Fairtrade scheme] is kind of neo-imperialistic,” he says. “It’s something we impose on them.” He’s thinking particularly of the pressure for producers to form groups, usually co-operatives, in order to join. “Can you imagine what British farmers would […]

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