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The (Economics of the) Generator

Herat: the economics of the generator
Roadside bottle-on-a-barrel fuel for the generator can be cheaper than a more formal petrol station, but does carry the risk of dirtying and shortening …



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17 Sep 2013

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Grain Merchant & Sons

15 Sep 2013

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In Herat, while the team was finishing interviews at the local Roshan office, wandered down the street doing ad-hocs with a few traders. This gent …
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Bottle on a Barrel

15 Sep 2013



Retail Norms

23 Dec 2012

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Literal

21 Dec 2012

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So many assumptions and ambiguity wrapped up in the peculiar practice of writing “Door” in english, on glass door. Only ever seen it in Afghanistan. Spatial …
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Uncensored. Unfettered.

20 Dec 2012

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Solar Shop

18 Dec 2012

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After many years, solar is finally reaching the cost/efficiency point to go mainstream, in places with intermittent electricity.
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Relative Values

15 Dec 2012

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A surprising amount of Belieber love and aspiration in Afghanistan, including this barber in Herat.
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Warmth

10 Dec 2012

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A research trip to Afghanistan with colleagues Cara and Mark for a short study on mobile savings, as a follow up to this research. In …
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Joggers-a-Jogging

09 Dec 2012

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Another wake-up-with-the-city session, this time in Herat. Out and about at six am to take a variety of contexts including the Friday Mosque before breakfast. …
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