Month: March 2011

What’s New in Development?

An edited version of this piece went up on the Guardian Development website yesterday, summarizing the latest round of horizon-scanning powerpoints: How people understand and think about development is in a state of constant churn and upheaval. Some ideas are genuinely new, prompted by new technologies and ground-breaking political movements. Other ideas are old, previously…

By admin March 29, 2011 0

Limits to environmentalism; a fire in New York; best job in Florida; how to influence China; Rwanda and James Bond on women's rights: links I liked

The Limits to Environmentalism: Matthew Lockwood delivers a brilliant series of critiques of Tim Jackson’s ‘Prosperity without growth’ on the Political Climate blog. Firstly, he argues that decoupling growth from carbon emissions may be difficult, but remains the best (or least worst) solution, and a lot better than giving up on growth. Secondly, he explores…

By admin March 28, 2011 1

Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding. Review of Charles Kenny's new book

Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding—And How We Can Improve the World Even More, published this month, is an exercise in ‘framing’ – trying to shift the way we feel, as well as think, about development and aid. It does it rather well. Two big frames: 1. Lives are getting better everywhere, including in…

By admin March 21, 2011 2

Arab uprising update; Wellbeing v GDP in China; IMF analyses cricket; aid reality checks in Bangladesh; India's cyber-city; DFID and India; another aid satire: links I liked

Arab Uprising Update: Alina Rocha Menocal assesses Egypt’s transition to democracy. Is the Arab Revolution a women’s rights revolution? Yes argues Soumaya Ghannoushi – Exhibit A:  International Women’s Day in Cairo’s Tahrir Square [h/t Caroline Sweetman]. And protests in Burkina Faso – is the ferment spilling over into sub-Saharan Africa? Rich in misery? Wellbeing v GDP in…

By admin March 18, 2011 2