Monthly Archives: July 2012

Finding the Right Portfolio

Today I am visiting both Namerey and Lengima, day 19 of 23! Perhaps unsurprisingly, I really enjoy reading books about international development. When I last came back from extended time abroad, I got back on a Sunday afternoon. By Monday … Continue reading

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Kenyan English

Today I am in South Horr, day 16 of 23! I’ve really enjoyed getting to experience Kenyan English so far. One of my favorites is the way that the phrase “yes, please” is employed here. It can serve the same … Continue reading

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Development as medicine?

Today I am in Loiyangalani, day 14 of 23! International development is all about fads. Starting with the Big Push “You need to develop an entire economy at once with a huge amount of funding to create a virtuous circle” … Continue reading

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Advertising just for me…sort of

Some people are freaked out by advertising on sites like Facebook and Google. “It’s so creepy that they know I am interested in buying X.” Not me. This sort of thing makes me happy. Facebook and Gmail, two services that … Continue reading

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Passbook

Today I am in the town of Hulahula, day 9 of 23! Here’s a challenge for you: how should people in savings groups, where members contribute a certain amount of money each month as savings, keep track of how much … Continue reading

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No accent?

Today, I am in the town of Kituruni, day 7 of 23! The idea of a “neutral” accent is of course an absurd one, though I none-the-less took great delight in making fun of my roommates’ accents, while happily “not … Continue reading

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Mobile Money

Today, I am in the town of Kamboe, Day 5 of 23 In recent years, the way we use mobile phones has fundamentally changed. With smart phones, we are able to answer emails, surf the internet, play ridiculous, addictive games. … Continue reading

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