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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!

Interview with Esther Duflo on randomized-control evaluations of development September 12, 2008

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Here’s a great interview with Esther Duflo of MIT’s Poverty Action Lab. She really takes the time to make insightful answers to great questions, and if you’re at all interested in randomized-control evaluations of development programs, she’s pretty much one of the top practicioners worldwide.