Monthly Archives: February 2011

Social Impact Investing and Equity

If you haven’t read Pam’s recent post on investing in income derivative streams of first graders, you should.  Personally, I’m not sure it’s ethical to allow minors (or even their parents) to commit future income streams (which are, at some … Continue reading

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Amartya being Amartya

Sen on how to compare India and China: not based on income levels or growth, but rather based on health and other objective measures of well-being. I was somewhat stunned by Bangladesh’s outperformance on those metrics, but that’s kind of … Continue reading

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The news that wasn’t fit to print

Today 1,500 women died due to pregnancy or childbirth related causes. That’s roughly one woman every minute. Why isn’t this in newspaper headlines? Why has progress on Millennium Development Goal 5 on maternal mortality been uniquely stunted in Africa and … Continue reading

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Do happiness measurements mean anything?

A study of people with locked-in syndrome suggests not; the vast majority of those surveyed reported being happy. If a terminal condition that permanently keeps you from moving anything but your eyes can’t make you unhappy, I doubt we’re measuring … Continue reading

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Buying Equity in a First Grader?

As part of a competition I am involved in with a group of Harvard Kennedy School classmates, I’ve been enjoying exploring ways in which organizations can creatively implement investment strategies that offer both financial returns and social returns. This idea, … Continue reading

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Cold Chains and the Weakest Link

Bangladesh is set to start a trial of a new cholera vaccine. This is good news, as cholera is a nasty bug and, as we recently witnessed, capable of heightening geopolitical tensions. As readers of this blog will note, I … Continue reading

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Too much aid? A little perspective…

Just heard the Dambiso Moyo argument about aid, yet again. It sounds like a lot of money when we say $1 trillion has been spent on aid over the last 50 years, and ask what we have to show for … Continue reading

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