Category: AHI

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 3, formalize informality

21 September, 2012 (10:00) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing finance, Informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As I had shown so far in my fifteen minute talk at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC (here’s the full presentation, link in pdf), informality is the norm in rapidly growing global-south cities.  So […]

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 2, underwrite durability

20 September, 2012 (10:00) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing finance, Informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Back in late May, at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC, I had fifteen minutes to describe AHI’s theory of impact in housing finance and slum upgrading, and somehow I managed to distill my full presentation (link in pdf) into […]

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 1, underwrite informality

19 September, 2012 (12:34) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing finance, Informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   A month ago, at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC, I delivered (link in pdf) what may prove the most significant talk I’ve ever given.   Six words and then some   The talk was important not precisely for its content, although that will be the […]

What makes a good consultant? Part 3b, attributes of character

1 December, 2009 (10:48) | AHI, Consulting, Essential posts, Markets, MEEs, Public-private partnerships, Theory, US News |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 3a.]   [Continued from the previous Part 2b and Part 2a, which dealt with services and activities.] [A previous trio, Part 1a, Part 1b, and Part 1c, covered the rules of engagement with clients.]   “What one man can invent another can discover,” said Holmes. The Adventure of […]

What makes a good consultant? Part 3a, attributes of character

30 November, 2009 (12:00) | AHI, Consulting, Essential posts, Markets, MEEs, Public-private partnerships, Theory, US News |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the previous Part 2b and Part 2a, which dealt with services and activities.] [A previous trio, Part 1a, Part 1b, and Part 1c, covered the rules of engagement with clients.]   Now we come to the most interesting part of my narrative.  Not all those who are clever […]