Category: AHI activities

Pictures at an enumeration

14 December, 2009 (14:07) | AHI activities, Cities, Durban, Finance, SDI, Slums, South Africa, Theory |

By: David A. Smith   Singing about a better life: the Durban enumeration   “Have you ever been to an enumeration?” asked my hostess at the Gates Foundation convening.  She had brought together all the grantees under the Urban Poverty Limited Learning Initiative, including ourselves, for two days of brain-cudgeling on what we had individually […]

“Housing the Future,” a BBC World Debate being shown August 1 and 2, 2009

31 July, 2009 (09:13) | AHI activities, Slums, Symposia, UN Habitat, Urbanization, Wilton Park | 1 comment

  Update, August 4, 2009: The BBC Web site now has the program.  ·         Click here: http://www.bbcworldnews.com/Pages/ProgrammeMultiFeature.aspx?id=196 ·         Then click, “Also click here to watch in Broadband” – it should pop up and just run As a point of information, here are five times I speak: 5:00, 12:30, 16:30, 37:00, and 40:30.                                                                    […]

Month in Review May 2009

2 July, 2009 (11:20) | AHI activities, Configuration, Housing, MEEs, Mobile homes, Month in review, Slums, Zoning and land use |

[Previous Months In Review available here: Apr 09, Mar 09, Feb 09, Jan 09] Though housing is the output of an enormously complex, ever-changing, hugely capitalized value chain, unlike other abstract capital-markets products like Credit Default Swaps, we all connect to it because we live in its results, and we all care about it because […]

What makes a good consultant? Part 2b, services and activities

27 May, 2009 (09:50) | AHI activities, Consulting, Essential posts, Markets, MEEs, Public-private partnerships, Theory, US News |

[Continued from the previous Part 2a.] [A previous trio, Part 1a , Part 1b , and Part 1c, covered the rules of engagement with clients.]   Holmes sat for some time in silent thought. He had lit the oldest and foulest of his pipes.“I am not clear yet what you want me to do in this […]

What makes a good consultant? Part 2a, services and activities

26 May, 2009 (09:22) | AHI activities, Consulting, Essential posts, Markets, MEEs, Public-private partnerships, Theory, US News |

[Continued from the previous Part 1a, Part 1b, and Part 1c, which covered the rules of engagement with clients.]   The blog, Watson, is a most valuable institution, if you only know how to use it. The Adventure of the Six Napoleons   In my three decades of experience accompanying my friend Sherlock Holmes, the world’s […]