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Pierre Omidyar on microfinance, too

Business Week have an interview with Pierre Omidyar, the brains behind eBay. He and his wife are donating $100m to Tuft's University to create a new fund for microfinance. Old news? Omidyar talks about consolidation and the difference between funds run for a social mission and funds run for profit. (He prefers the profit-driven funds.) I found the interview well worth a look:

Why do people give aid?

In this weekend’s Washington Post Jacqueline Salmon asks why private aid donations occur when they do. More specifically, she looks at financial donations of Americans  (see graph) – but the questions and suggested answers are relevant to all groups and aid agencies. So what triggers that "must-give" button? She claims:

What are your development goals?

Strategists envision development scenarios, policy makers set development targets. But what are your personal goals? If you are a member of a development agency, NGO, government or other – what contribution do you want to make to development? Put those thoughts to paper and send yourself an email time-capsule.

Rapping (and singing) for privatization

Ebboraps In late 2002, Tanzania was looking to privatize major companies affecting many people. People needed to understand in detail the benefits of these privatizations. The Government turned to a popular rapper and Maasai warrior.

New Center for Global Development blog

The Center for Global Development has launched a new blog, Global Development: Views From the Center. (Not sure if the pun is intended?). This is the Center’s third great entry into the blogosphere; see also their MCA Monitor Blog and Vaccines for Development. I wonder whether they will now merge the three together?

Making tourism work for the poor

Sustainable tourism or ecotourism provide the right framework for harnessing tourism for development. As recently highlighted, by generating new wealth in rural areas where the poor reside, while at the same time working to limit wherever possible the environmental impacts of this wealth creation, sustainable tourism can genuinely address poverty and successfully conserve more landscapes.