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The blog’s just had a makeover – what do you think?

Duncan Green - July 31, 2015

Our wonderful new webmaster has redesigned the blog to make it more mobile-friendly, provide a better range of reading etc. Hopefully it will also sort out ongoing problems with people not receiving the email alerts they’ve signed up for. So please could you take the following highly sophisticated poll, and send any thoughts, and use the comments to tell us about any remaining glitches or …

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Duncan Green - July 27, 2015

Sciences v Humanities….. Unpacking last week’s global soft power index (Britain and Germany top, Mexico and China bottom). Some particularly tasty wonkwars last week – must be the summer heat: Deworming: No need to read all the exchanges, because Chris Blattman has spoken. Twice (initial discussion and then very sensible conclusions after a day of online debate); Miguel-Kremer wins: ‘you have to throw so much …

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Duncan Green - July 20, 2015

Hi folks, back from hols, and raring to go. Here’s some top links from last week What people around the world see as the top international threat [h/t Conrad Hackett] ‘Compassion & paternalism could mean helping only 1 million people out of poverty instead of 3 million’. Chris Blattman looks at the evidence on impact v cost on cash, livestock and training Econo-nerd heaven: Summary …

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Duncan Green - July 6, 2015

Gotta start with the Greek meltdown, I guess: Whadya mean, ‘the Troika (EU, ECB, IMF) doesn’t understand the Greek economy’? (see right) [h/t Felix Salmon] As for the rest of us: Branko Milanovic draws three depressing lessons from the Greek debt negotiations (he’s not joking; they are depressing) [h/t Sophia Murphy] And let’s not forget that Europe cancelled Germany’s debt in 1953 and why it …

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Duncan Green - June 29, 2015

It was a maptastic week (click maps to expand): First up, the number one reason people die early, by country (plus a top tweeted response from RJ Chilvers: ‘surprise is Saudi Arabia’s leading cause is road accidents. I think they need more women drivers…’)   Dear governments & aid agencies: Please stop hurting poor people with your skills training programs. Vintage Blattman   Causes of …

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Duncan Green - June 22, 2015

All male panels, the India version. Some good advice to organizers here on handling language, questions, roles etc  What’s the origin of the ICC’s Africa problem (since 2002, all 36 warrants have been for Africans)? ‘All you need is a big heart and access to the internet’. Great takedown of the DWSC (digital white saviour complex) Faces of the Somali Remittance Crisis [h/t Michael Clemens] Last …

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Duncan Green - June 15, 2015

Wow, more new US immigrants now come from China & India than from Mexico. (Less push, less pull, higher walls, apparently) Brilliant from Amartya Sen: The economic consequences of austerity. Updating Keynes on the UK election & irrational/ahistorical fear of debt Exemplary synthesizing from David Evans. 50 papers from a recent World Bank conference on Africa and conflict, grouped by theme and summarized with links. …

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Duncan Green - June 8, 2015

First rule for learner drivers: don’t pull out in front of tanks. [h/t Francisco Toro]  Must read. Is that the sound of another tech hype bubble popping? Tom Carothers asks why the tech surge hasn’t had more impact on democracy ‘Why humanitarianism doesn’t get religion…and why it needs to’. Includes excellent discussion of the ‘totem of neutrality’ [h/t Nigel Timmins] If you ever moderate panels or …

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What can soccer tactics tell us about the limitations of planning and logframes?

Duncan Green - June 2, 2015

Universal outrage over Fifagate reflects the fact that football/soccer is fast becoming a universal institution (at least for the male half of the universe), creating some useful common reference points. As an example, check out this use of soccer tactics to explain the limitations of the logistical framework tools that we increasingly depend on (logframes to insiders), from an organization with the rather baffling name of …

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