Shane Heywood

Musings on market-oriented approaches to International Development

Category Archives: International Development

“How the World Failed Haiti,” an Irishman, and Self-Help

In Voudou – a religion developed in Haiti based on African roots – Papa Legba controls the crossroads, or the communication, between Man and what most followers of the Judeo-Christian … Continue reading

September 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

Why Farmers Don’t Share and How (Hopefully) to Fix It

There is a widely accepted story (gospel, even) that farmers (particularly those in rural areas) eagerly share information. The belief is that neighbours, in the bucolic hills and valleys of … Continue reading

July 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

Social Enterprises, Band-Aids and Refugee Camps: Uncomfortable Similarities, Meaningful Differences

In 2008, disputes after a federal election led to substantive political violence in Kenya. Three years later, after 600,000 people were displaced by the violence, 200,000 of those victims – … Continue reading

July 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Who The Shoe Fits, Make Them Wear It: Why Would Free Shoes for the Needy Be a Bad Thing?

Since the mid to late 1900s, Clarks have been a popular brand of shoes in Jamaica. By no means is this brand indigenous – it originated from the United Kingdom. … Continue reading

June 24, 2011 · 2 Comments

What Enterprises Need to Do for the World’s “New” Billion Poor Individuals

Two decades ago, 93% of the world’s poorest people lived in low-income countries (LICs). Today, according to the Center for Global Development, 72% of the world’s poorest people live in … Continue reading

June 10, 2011 · 1 Comment

Wrong Approach and Wrong Model: Social Enterprises and the Delivery of Goods and Services to Low-Income Consumers

Last week in a visit to low-income farmers in rural Kenya , one farmer recounted that he was only able to yield a limited amount of maize for sale because … Continue reading

May 16, 2011 · 2 Comments

From Invisible to Visible: Empowering Female Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa

What if you found yourself guilty of a foible so evident in the actions of others? What if in trying to enable others to achieve growth, you find that it … Continue reading

May 7, 2011 · 1 Comment

Marketing or Misleading: the Promotion of Development Oriented Organizations

I remember, as a teenager, looking at myself in the mirror. After nights of wearing a durag, I only had a canyon-like crease on the crown of my head. Sadly, … Continue reading

February 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

Mortished has More (Light) to Shed…..

“There is a danger of expecting the results of the future to be predicted by the past.” John Keynes Carl Mortished, in “Tycoons, give your billions to businesses, not charity” … Continue reading

December 18, 2010 · Leave a comment

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