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David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse, PhD, is a freelance journalist in Paris.

David Whitehouse, PhD, is a freelance journalist in Paris who worked as an editor at Bloomberg News for 17 years. He is the author of two books on Rwanda and is now editor-at-large at The Africa Report in Paris. He also co-authored the autobiography of Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy published in 2013, and publishes a Substack newsletter on microfinance and development.

Posts by David Whitehouse
February 16, 2024

US Sanctions and Rallying Around the Flag in North Korea and Cambodia

By David Whitehouse
Critics of economic sanctions claim that they help authoritarian governments consolidate their power, but this is based on a reductive view of statehood.

January 24, 2024

Cambodia Microfinance Association Findings Mark Retreat From Poverty Reduction Claims

By David Whitehouse
The country's recent microcredit boom has highlighted the wide gap between the theory of microfinance and its reality.
November 08, 2023

An Open Letter to Cambodia’s Hun Manet About His PhD Thesis

By David Whitehouse
Despite repeated requests, Bristol University has refused to release the Cambodian leader's doctoral thesis in economics.

September 11, 2023

In Search of Hun Manet’s Bristol University PhD Thesis

By David Whitehouse
In 2009, Cambodia's new prime minister was awarded a doctorate in economics – but it is nearly impossible to access his thesis.

September 05, 2023

Rising Cambodia Microfinance NPLs Signal Forced Land Sales, Child Labor

By David Whitehouse
The rise in non-performing loans only hints at the heavy burden of debt borne by tens of thousands of rural Cambodians.

July 25, 2023

Ex-Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Joins the Party as Cambodian Election Observer

By David Whitehouse
The former leader’s presence is part of a longer trend of election “observers” who apply a stamp of approval to flawed electoral processes.
June 27, 2023

Cambodian Microfinance’s High Repayment Rates Are Built on Misery, Research Finds

By David Whitehouse
Boosters of microfinance claim that it can rescue people from rapacious informal lenders. That’s not the case in Cambodia.

May 13, 2023

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Uses Red Tape to Ensure a Risk-free Election

By David Whitehouse
By tangling up the country’s one significant opposition party in tailor-made bureaucracy, the long-ruling leader is hoping to replicate the one-horse race of 2018.

May 08, 2023

Cambodia, Myanmar ‘Cyber-slaves’ Are Being Recruited Globally, Research Finds

By David Whitehouse
The global scope of the cyber-scam operations based in the two Southeast Asian countries is only now starting to becoming clear.

May 01, 2023

Proposed US Legislation Seeks to End Foreign Government Intimidation of Diasporas

By David Whitehouse
Congress is moving to introduce legislation that would empower the U.S. government to tackle the growing phenomenon of transnational repression.

February 23, 2023

Australia Gets Tough on Foreign Government Intimidation of Cambodian, Rwandan Diasporas

By David Whitehouse
The country's minister of home affairs has spoken out about those who are being “threatened, harassed, or intimidated” because of diaspora protests in Australia.
February 02, 2023

Western Investors Are Losing the Ability to Shape the Future of Cambodian Microfinance

By David Whitehouse
The industry's foreign financial backers are now aware of the scale of the country's over-indebtedness – but they have lost the ability to do much about it.

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