Where does political will come from?

March 2, 2018

I’m helping run a summer school on Adaptive Management. In Bologna. Interested?

March 2, 2018

Links I Liked

March 2, 2018
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I’m defrosting in Dar es Salaam next week, hanging with one of my all-time favourite NGOs – Twaweza.glass ceiling index 2017

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Thursday, here’s the Glass Ceiling Index for OECD countries, ranking the best and worst countries for working women. Nordics win again. Britain at #25 – sigh.

Science reporter Ed Yong spent two years trying to fix the gender imbalance in experts he quotes in his stories (lot of his steps applicable to academics) h/t Chris Blattman

Dictionary-makers found the first known use of “mansplain”

‘From a study of 120 English hospital trusts over a four-year period, published in the journal Policy & Politics, we found that spending on external management consultants was associated with increased inefficiency.

Answers on grant proposals if non-profits were brutally honest with funders ht Chris Roche & Stephanie Lusby

revealed in a dreamA cracking idea for your future footnotes ht Paul Jackson

In civil wars, conflicts are more likely in weak states, but within those they are more likely to erupt where weak states exercise *more* control, not less. Interesting use of night-time light as proxy for state presence

Nearly 105,000 Haitians migrated to Chile last year — 1% percent of Haiti’s population.


  1. I’m trying to figure out how the UK ranks below the US (the only two countries I know well enough to speak about) when the US lacks meaningful maternity/paternity pay, and allows employers to discriminate (in salary and benefit terms, particularly of course health insurance) against part time workers, a large proportion of whom are women. Granted, there are only a few percentage points between the US and the UK….but still. I’d way rather be a working female in the UK.

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