Contact: "So we are working right now with a very interesting new cooking practice"
Me:"How much does it cost?"
Contact:"24,000 for materials and another 24,000 for maintenance over the 10 year life time"
Me: "(Playing smart) So it would be around 1,000 UGX per year per person considering an average household of 5.4 (Stats Bs since there are no 0.4 of humans)" - Should have asked: "How do you know it lasts ten years if it is a new practice?"
Contact: "Yes, that is around 50 cents of a Dollar per year per person, the only issue is that the household has to put a large sum upfront, but after we did the demonstration it was a complete success", "It has to be done right after the harvesting season since farmers don't have ways to store their produce and wait until prices are higher"
Me: "(Aja - Show off time) You know in this area there has been developments of commodity storage provided to farmers, you pay a moderate sum of 7 USD per month to store your crops until the prices go up, it seems to be working great" (31% of the population in Uganda still live with less than 1.25 USD per year).
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Me: "Huh? Well... Ahem, A very interesting question! (This answer was learned during my graduate education), I will have to comeback to you later" - (What an idiot!) - "You know what, I can see your experience in the field and perception to see through things by the nailing questions you make"
Contact:"Well I've been two years in the field and I have heard it all"
Me: "... (Thinking to myself) I wish I could develop that skill"
This is a great problem in the International Development industry, everyone says that this or that works and actually: no one really knows. Statistical methodologies like RCT (randomized control test), quasi-experiments and difference-in-difference tests are some of the preferred methods, but after reading study after study and critic after critic it seems that answering the question: "What does really work?" is quite complicated.
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I sometimes miss working for the car industry...