Jon Thiele
International Development

Curriculum Vitae

Project management

  • led an eight country program from HQ for five years
  • written over two dozen successful proposals
  • led grantmaking programs
  • COP for ten years leading teams large & small
  • started & closed projects

Client and compliance knowledge

  • USAID
  • Danida
  • USDA
  • UNHCR
  • US DOL
  • DFID
  • US State Department
  • PRTs
  • numerous private foundations

Program

  • economic development
  • gender
  • agribusiness
  • human and institutional capacity building
  • community based development
  • program development & project design.

Contact:

jon(at)jonthiele.com
skype: jonthiele

Gender and Economic Development
Success comes when each woman transforms the way she thinks about herself, her resources, her future, and her role in society. In a program I designed and led, average income more than tripled and average assets had risen by over 118%. Over 120,000 women in eight countries changed their lives...

Enterprise Development & Agribusiness
The target beneficiaries were any processing company which satisfied two basic criteria: demonstrated potential for growth and the possibility of strong linkages to smaller area enterprises which could grow along with it. The objective was to foster business growth in these sectors...

Islamic Economics
Economic development programs are about entrepreneurship, rational decision makers, and self-interest-- liberal democracy and free market thinking. I often work in countries with significant Muslim populations where the economic principles have quite a different basis. This well-received essay illuminates a number of the economic values and practices of Muslim societies in theory and practice...

Promoting Cooperatives
Working together is often a very good option for building a business. During 2011-2012 the program I led helped several thousand women in six countries form business groups. Some groups have done much better than others, and I researched why that happened...

Community-based Development
I have done community-based initiatives in three countries, and one was so well received that eight local governments changed their budgets and public hearing rules. A similar effort for an island in the Bahamas, however, couldn't overcome a general feeling that a seemingly idyllic island should "be developed"...

Credit in Economic Development
I have sat on the board of directors of a bank, and I have worked one on one with poor farmers. I started one lending operation, oversaw loan programs in a couple of places, and organized more bank fairs and borrower training than I can remember. I am a strong supporter of the habit of regular savings over "access to credit"...

Economic Institutions
Economic institutions are the rules and social norms that govern behavior-- things like trust, the role of women, level of cooperation, views of property, how the courts work, corruption, and so on. We all act within systems of these institutions, and understanding this can be useful in understanding the problems of developing countries where modernization of economic institutions is usually a prerequisite for broad and lasting development....

Reading
Many books have helped build my understanding and knowledge of the complicated field of development assistance, and 19 are reviewed here...

Writing
Different styles for different audiences: a major agribusiness program case study is here along with a few columns for a Kiev newspaper, a report on business training, more economics, and a fictional short story about what life as an expat could be if you weren't careful...

Thought
"Good fortune is not as blind as it is generally thought to be. It is often nothing more than the result of sound, consistent actions that go unnoticed by the crowd but nonetheless make a particular event possible. Still more often, it is the result of an individual's character, nature, and behavior." --Catherine the Great
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This site was updated on February 16, 2014.