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Sweat Equity and Market Access in Nepal

It was a warm day in October in the hills/mountains near Pokhara, Nepal.  I was sweating.  I wasn’t even doing much except standing there with my camera enjoying the scenery.  Then a woman came up the hill from the steep … Continue reading

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Give me a place to squat … World Toilet Day 2011

In one of my former lives, I (and my family) spent three years in India.  Our work took us all over the country, both urban and rural areas.  I still remember driving the country roads in the dusk of early … Continue reading

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The poor pay more for their food, and they work harder too…

Hunger in Africa has been on my mind recently.  FAO has been reporting that food prices have spiked to record levels.  Worse, reports of famine in Somalia have been circulating – real true famine with people not just hungry, but … Continue reading

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Small plot farmers and discarded sofas

One of my favorite concepts is that of “value.”  It is a word we use a lot at iDE.  Value chains.  Value streams.  Value proposition.  Shared value.  Value selling.  Customer value.  Value added.  So here’s a few thoughts about value.  … Continue reading

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A sucker for markets

People who have travelled with me know that I am a sucker for markets.  I find it painful to drive past one and not stop.  We’re not talking about supermarkets, shopping centres, outlet malls and Walmarts.  We are certainly not … Continue reading

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