Posts categorized under Development

04 November 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Why is sexism ok in development work?

I just posted a piece on The Huffington Post called “Why Is Sexism Okay in Development Work? Reconsidering the ‘Women are Better’ Dialogue.” Read up if you are interested. It was inspired by hearing multiple people this weekend say “I don’t hire men,” when speaking about their social enterprises or NGOs in emerging markets.  This is […]

Continue Reading

01 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

NGegO & the waste we cause by fueling aid hero-preneurs

A piece I wrote a bit ago and had been holding back on posting just went up on HuffPost…. as if I hadn’t caused enough of a stir already today!  Yikes, here we go…. I’m off to bed!  Any posts I put up next month will be about positive things (I really will try!).

Continue Reading

20 November 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Why You Should Say No to Orphanage Tourism (And Tell All Tour Companies to Do the Same)

I just posted a new piece on Huffington Post Impact about the orphanage tourism issue in Cambodia. Check it out below: Why You Should Say No to Orphanage Tourism (And Tell All Tour Companies to Do the Same) The piece relates to a new website released by Siem Reap residents who are upset at the […]

Continue Reading

04 October 2012 ~ 1 Comment

My Summer With Solar in Tanzania

Over course of the last year, I’d met with dozens of start-up founders and examined a range of business models looking for something that struck me as “paradigm-shifting” or “game-changing” or whatever other exaggerated and over-used term you’d like to put forth. None struck me as much as a team I met that was committed […]

Continue Reading

15 August 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Learning Service TEDx Talk

I recently gave at talk at TEDxOxbridge about “Learning Service” and why I think we shouldn’t be encouraging young people to go abroad to volunteer. (Lessons learned from my own actions.) If you want to check it out, you can do so here:

Continue Reading

29 July 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Teacher Training in Cambodia (an idea)

Deciding what not to do is sometimes harder than deciding what to do, when you see many great possibilities for the future. I am surely having this problem with regards to post-gradschool life. And at PEPY, we reached many points where deciding how to move forward meant deciding which ideas NOT to do. Here is […]

Continue Reading

13 July 2012 ~ 1 Comment

The emerging market problem: should we aim for higher profit margins or better business strategies?

The post below is a comment written in response to a Harvard Business Review article “Businesses Serving the Poor Need to Get Over Their Unease About Profit” by Erik Simanis. The article uses examples of products designed for high-volumes low-margin sales strategies which failed and counters that with micro-finance as an example of high margin BoP […]

Continue Reading