[Book Review]: Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes

People do not give much thought to how their clothes are made, shipped, and end up in their homes every day. The world’s appetite for fashionable apparel has grown exponentially in the last three decades from $500 billion in trade to $2.4 trillion.  The key to this speedy growth is trends, sales and profits. The … Continue reading [Book Review]: Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes

[Book Review]: The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS

Billions of dollars have been spent on the fight against the HIV epidemic over the past decades. Yet, the grim fact is that these expenditures by development agencies failed.  Part of the problem lies in the UN cookbook - the blueprint of fighting against HIV/AIDS, which bears little correspondence to the local context, argues Elizabeth … Continue reading [Book Review]: The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS

[Book Review]: The Secret World of Oil by Ken Silverstein

As energy demand rises, oil remains at the top of all energy consumption. Given its financial weight and political significance, countries are vying for deals to access their oil fields and guarding their energy security.  But who are the actors behind these deals?  Many studies on the oil industry are framed through the geopolitical, political … Continue reading [Book Review]: The Secret World of Oil by Ken Silverstein

[Book Review]: Poor Numbers: How we are misled by African development statistics and what to do about it

Countries are promoting the catch-phrases such as 'evidence-based policy', geared to deal with different public policy issues. Cambodia is not an exception. The Partner organizations have long been providing training courses to support the development of human capital and institutional capacity. They aim to equip government officials with the ability to draft policy based on … Continue reading [Book Review]: Poor Numbers: How we are misled by African development statistics and what to do about it