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Hernando de Soto’s talk at UC Berkeley January 29, 2010

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The Shining Path had cache because it protected to property rights of poor people in Peru—gave people a sense of security to their tenure

  • In cities then, 65% of people had control of land but no title
  • At the same time, a lot of people didn’t have business rights either—and so, a lot of liability

There were questions whether poor people in Peru even had beliefs in conventional land ownership

  • Turned out that communities had local knowledge and records of who owned what—so it wasn’t that people didn’t believe in formal conventions of land ownership

Formal titling destroyed Shining Path’s business—was an antiterror strategy at its heart (more…)

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Global Initatives at Haas October 30, 2008

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From the site of Haas School of Business’ Global Initiatives:

Global Initiatives was founded in 2005 at the Haas School of Business by students with deep interests in international development in a wide range of sectors including Public Health, IT & Telecommunications, Energy, Financial Services, Education and Agriculture.

Realizing that UC Berkeley students are surrounded by some of the leading graduate programs in these fields, Global Initiatives is now focused on bringing together a network of graduate students interested in exploring the connection between development and enterprise.

Our aim to connect the Berkeley community with leading practitioners, researchers and specialists in related fields to understand current practices and explore future career opportunities. We still explore a variety of issues from bottom-of-the pyramid oriented organizations to the role of multinationals operating in emerging markets.

They sponsor the social enterprise and development courses and events at Haas. Check them out and sign up for their listserv!

International event listings at UC Berkeley September 3, 2008

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There are many international speakers and events that come to Berkeley. It’s tough to keep track of them all, but here are the most active event listings relevant to international policy at Cal.

  • Institute for International Studies (IIS) – They consistently bring around interesting speakers from all sorts of backgrounds, and of all the lists to be on this one will be most interesting and unpredictable. Also, at the beginning of the academic year they usually host an open house so you can learn about current research projects and get involved on them if you wish.
  • – Calendar: http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/iis.html
    – To join the list email: iis@globetrotter.berkeley.edu

  • International House – Located next to the stadium at the high side of campus, I-House offers both formal talks and a whole bunch of smaller social events. The cafe’s a nice place to meet folks too. (I know several of you live there, so where are the invites, yo?).
  • – Calendar: http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/ihouse.html