Fellows Blog Posts by vaughanbrv

Aug 28, 2010 SV El Salvador

There is a lot of debate in the world of international development about the role, both positive and negative, that multinational corporations play in developing countries. When I´m not interviewing borrowers or helping to train new staff on Kiva procedures here at PADECOMSMCrédito in El Salvador, I´ve been laying in the hammock and reading The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, C.K. Prahalad´s book about the potential for social improvement and profits in developing markets.

The book is a call to action for corporations and businesses to view the poor as...

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Aug 17, 2010 SV El Salvador

Whether it’s the memory of a drawn-out civil war, stories of gangs and violence, or the influence of one of Central America’s most prolific emigrant communities, El Salvador’s complex past directly relates to the challenges it faces today.

El Salvador’s modern history stems from its Civil War, officially fought between 1980 and 1992. Waged within the context of the Cold War, the conflict pit an established national army, backed by the Reagan administration, against a leftist guerilla force known as the FMLN. The guerillas were based in the rugged and remote mountains of...

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