Victoria Solbert

international sustainable development professional

An Outside Perspective

By vicsolbert | June 9, 2014 | 1 Comment


So my first visit to the field revealed a need to re-evaluate my survey strategy. While I wanted to incorporate focus group discussions, I had hoped to also do a number of more in depth personal interviews. There were some serious flaws to this plan however. First, I was accompanied to the field by three other […]

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Welcome to Dhaka! Now get out of the way

By vicsolbert | May 29, 2014 | 0 Comment

View from the rooftops of Gulshan-1

It is the end of my third day in one of the most densely populated cities in the world. From my hotel room I am listening to the azan, the call to prayer. It seems so beautiful and peaceful echoing over the rooftops, despite the punctuations by the honking and beeping of traffic. It is […]

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Context, Rights, and Experts

By vicsolbert | April 16, 2014 | 0 Comment

Images of a selection of failed and defunct water projects in India. Courtesy Susan Amrose, UC Berkeley.

It was a standing room only crowd that pushed out the doorways last Friday afternoon to hear development economist Bill Easterly present on his new book, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor at the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley. Prof. Easterly explained his primary concern […]

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