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Water Everlasting? A Film Screening & Panel Discussion Invitation


For decades, aid groups have traveled to Haiti to donate wells, tanks, and water purification machines. But these efforts often fail because of poor management and maintenance. Today, nearly 70 percent of Haitians still lack access to clean water. This story is different. It’s about Haitians and foreigners working together to design a lasting solution, […]

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Social Impact Bonds Webinar this week


Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are an exciting innovation in results-based development financing. It’s particularly exciting in terms of how it might reshape how governments fund new approaches to stubborn social issues. The Development Impact Bonds Working Group over at the Center for Global Development recently released a report on SIBs in the context of international […]

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Foul Play?

The SOCCKET ball bounces back?


The SOCCKET is a soccer ball with an internal mechanism that turns movement into stored energy that can be accessed through a built in jack. It’s marketed as a “FUNctional solution to real-world problems” – specifically the lack of access to reliable electricity and the negative side effects of using kerosene lanterns, diesel generators, and […]

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Deflating the SOCCKET ball.


It’s a soccer ball. It’s an electrical generator. It’s innovation and social entrepreneurship out to save the world. It’s everything that’s wrong with international development today.                                                           […]

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The Myth of the Plan


My wife doesn’t like science fiction or fantasy movies – she finds the effort of suspending her disbelief too much to enjoy herself. I’m a little bit like this when it comes to writing project designs or annual plans – it’s just too much myth making for me to feel like it’s time well spent. […]

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Soldiers vs. Schools in Afghanistan: a Draw?


Nicholas Kristoff wrote in Thursday’s NYT op-ed that the $37 billion bill awaiting the President’s signature to fund the continued war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan is more evidence that our priorities are out of balance. “By the standards of history and cost-effectiveness, we are hugely overinvested in military tools and underinvested in education […]

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