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Duncan Green - February 9, 2016

I’m off for a holiday, so this is the last blog for a couple of weeks. Back after that. Let’s make 2016 the year when we try and stop people unthinkingly hit ‘reply all’ and clogging up our inboxes. Next time someone does it, why not send them this photo? In Kerala, Pembillai Orumai—Women’s Unity, an organization of Dalit tea workers won a strike, and …

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Duncan Green - February 1, 2016

Happy Monday morning everyone. Here’s Dilbert on meetings Busy week for tax geeks: A Eurodad analysis of the European Commission’s Anti-Tax Avoidance Package IDS tax guru Mick Moore on the links between the flawed new OECD tax agreement on TNCs, aka the BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) recommendations and the Google (non) tax scandal? Although Maya Forstater doesn’t think the UK’s Google tax deal …

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Duncan Green - January 25, 2016

Still in writing purdah (going well thanks), but unable to stay away from social media altogether – here’s a few links from last week’s twitter stream. Smart headline from NY Post (at least the Panda in Washington zoo appreciated the weather) [h/t Chris Blattman] Overview of state of women’s empowerment in Africa from Brookings Oxfam did its Davos thing again, with the annual killer fact …

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Links I Liked (and videos I valued)

Duncan Green - January 18, 2016

Today is ‘Blue Monday’, supposedly the most miserable day of the year (actually just something dreamt up in 2005 by a holiday firm as a marketing ploy). But in any case, allow me to make it even worse with this truly awful video [h/t or possibly eternal damnation to Tim Aldred for sending it]. ‘We love the SDGs’. Take it away. Please. In the ensuing …

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Duncan Green - January 11, 2016

Hi there, been tweeting the odd link when I should be rewriting the book. Here’s last week’s highlights. And if Mark Fried is reading this, here’s what a really tough editor is like. Feeling a bit of a failure? Take heart from this lot [h/t Winnie Byanyima] Latest aid stats. Good news: Global aid highest in history in 2014 ($137bn) . Bad news: Less going …

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Links I Liked (and happy Christmas Elsie)

Duncan Green - December 21, 2015

Wonderful readers’ selection of their favourite New Yorker cartoons. Enjoy.  What Should We Do About Inequality? Fascinating reflection from Harvard’s Ricardo Hausman ‘Since our campaign, we had seen a 90% reduction in LRA killings’. Relive the mind-blowing hubris of Invisible Children (of Kony 2012 fame), and a classic illustration of failing to distinguish between causation and correlation 100 key research questions for the post-2015 development agenda. One for all the …

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Duncan Green - December 14, 2015

Christmas looms, but how do you tell Santa from Spiderman? Geek humour via @patronsaintofcats Good tips on how to improve collaboration between academics/researchers and practitioners – because we need each other. Malaria deaths have halved since 2000 (438,000 in 2015; 839,000 in 2000), according to new WHO figures What refugees ask IRC staff when they reach Europe. No 1: ‘where am I?’ No 2: ‘Do you …

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Of MPs, chiefs and churches: Vanuatu’s parallel governance systems

Duncan Green - December 11, 2015

This second installment of posts on my recent trip to Vanuatu covers the country’s dual (or even triple) systems of governance. Vanuatu’s parallel systems came into sharp relief when we left the capital, Port Vila, and headed for the village of Epau, passing the tree wreckage of Cyclone Pam en route. Conversations in the capital had all been about government, parliament and aid; in Epau, they all …

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China’s rise, Cyclone politics and extreme patronage: Impressions of Vanuatu

Duncan Green - December 10, 2015

As part of their support for the How Change Happens book, the Aussie government is also giving me a crash course in development in the Pacific. Last year, they took me to Papua New Guinea (blogs here), then last week, I headed for Vanuatu (small island archipelago, 270,000 population, best known – at least in the UK – for one island’s baffling reverence for Prince …

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Links I Liked (and last chance to comment on How Change Happens draft)

Duncan Green - December 7, 2015

Been on the road, so here’s two weeks’ worth of top links. Plus final reminder: this Thursday (10th December) is the deadline for comments on the book draft – you know what to do. Zen Carpark (right) The difference between US and UK, summed up in one 8 second video Why is Einstein famous when no-one can understand relativity? Cinderella Issues update: Road safety is an …

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