Monthly Archives: April 2012

summer 2012 preview.

It’s the beginning of the end (of the semester) here in the Bronx. I’m at that treading water stage, simultaneously writing research proposals and/or literature reviews about: the impact of micro health insurance on household consumption and microcredit use in … Continue reading

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april links.

This blog post over at Innovations for Poverty Action and its linked New York Times article about lack of monetary change in Zimbabwe discuss the common problem of lack of balance for customers and businesses in the developing world. The … Continue reading

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kinshasa symphony.

Trailer: Couldn’t get it to embed, but click here for a longer excerpt from the documentary on┬áthe Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste in DRC –> http://www.npr.org/templates/event/embeddedVideo.php?storyId=148075689 From the NPR story: When Diangienda first gathered 12 young people who wanted to learn to … Continue reading

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good african coffee.

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to attend a conference organized by NYU called “Debates in Development.” The keynote speaker was an impressive Ugandan coffee entrepreneur named Andrew Rugasira. Among other things, he told the gathered crowd of development/aid … Continue reading

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6. PS. passion + critical thought.

Finally, I came across the following great advice: “emotions should fuel our passion, but critical thought and reflection should drive our action.” Click the link to read some great steps to follow to sort out any advocacy campaign, including understanding … Continue reading

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5. my thoughts now.

My initial reaction to the Kony2012 video was emotional. And these weren’t the kind of feelings the filmmakers were aiming for. I’ve written this series of posts to force myself to engage more deeply with facts of the LRA conflict, … Continue reading

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4. many voices, experiences, emotions, ideas.

I will weigh in next with a final (for now), more personal post. Here I’ve compiled a cross-section of less-viewed videos in many languages that I hope highlight the diverse emotions, thoughts, and experiences of people in Uganda, DR Congo, … Continue reading

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