Moving Forward on Development in a Box: Tom Barnett’s Update

Stephen DeAngelis

April 27, 2006

We would not want you to conclude that conversations about Development in a Box are taking place only online.  Tom Barnett reports here on our latest face-to-face discussions.  He also corrects a potential misunderstanding about the impact of Development in a Box on the U.S. Agency for International Development.  The suggestion has been made that our framework conflicts with USAID, or that USAID might perceive it as such.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Tom also cites this impressive Wall Street Journal op-ed (“A Virgin Market,” by Ann Marlowe, The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2006, page A16 — subscription required) about the on-the-ground situation in Afghanistan — and why that nation represents a major development opportunity for the commercial sector, one that the Development in a Box framework could help realize.

Needless to say, we are tremendously excited to be part of these discussions and to watch the Development in a Box framework move forward.