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Borany Penh
Borany Penh is an international development expert who has worked on poor and conflict-affected countries over the last fifteen years. She has led collaborative international research and programming efforts to address poverty, political economy, and economic issues in these countries. MS. Penh is currently a senior economic advisor in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Entries by Borany Penh

A Tough Job: Tackling Poverty and Fragility in Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:16 PM

When I first started this job, someone told me it was a pity that I couldn't leave behind my past as a child of war. It's true that Cambodia in conflict was no holiday. But I value my early experience because it taught me firsthand the importance of helping others....

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Naming the Issue: Women in Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 2:57 PM

Sometimes I get mail addressed to "Mr. Borany Penh." More than once I've discovered -- in the nick of time -- that I've been given male-only quarters. I guess these comedies of error are to be expected with a unique name. But it's no laugh in parts of the world...

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Understanding the Aid to GDP Relation: Not a Piece of Cake

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 4:58 PM

Not the most domestically-inclined man, my father once went to the grocery store to buy a cake only to find flour when he opened the box. He blamed it on the box cover which featured a temptingly baked and frosted cake. Such mix-ups are endearing unless the stakes are much...

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Graduating Into the Great Unknown

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 8:28 AM

This is the time of year for caps and gowns. When young men and women graduate from college and begin to make their way into the Great Unknown of careers and adult responsibilities. I remember facing the unknown many years ago as I was about to finish graduate school. What...

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Minding Afghanistan's Financing Gap

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 11:51 AM

"Mind the gap" may be one of the world's most well-known public safety announcements. A staple message of the London subway, it politely but pointedly reminds passengers that they are not yet safe until they have crossed the sometimes substantial gap between the train and platform. The phrase is also...

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Economic Resilience in Afghanistan

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2013 | 4:44 PM

2012 was one of the worst winters on record in Afghanistan. The cold was taking a toll on the vulnerable and there were concerns the heavy snowfall would lead to devastating spring floods. On one of these extreme days in Kabul I saw a legless man on the side of...

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