Month: April 2011

Test your jargon, Rodrik's parable, bamboo is grass, Google future, an Asian Norway, 6 theories of policy change, the history of the universe in 18 minutes: links I liked

Test your knowledge of development jargon (and yes, ashamed to say I got 100%, but it is pretty easy). A nice parable for the world economy, from Dani Rodrik and an accompanying explanation of its underlying economics. ‘This single move can rid economies of the growth-without-jobs syndrome. This is the new green growth model the…

By admin April 26, 2011 0

Africa Power and Politics – David Booth responds

ODI’s David Booth responds to my post on the ODI’s Africa Power and Politics Programme “The APPP could hardly have hoped for a more encouraging reception for its first policy brief than the one provided by Duncan’s blog of 15 April. Encouraging and suitably challenging! The point of a policy brief is to be, well,…

By admin April 22, 2011 2

The case for Microfinance: responses to Milford Bateman from Malcolm Harper and Thankom Arun (and your chance to vote)

Yesterday Milford Bateman tried to pop the microfinance bubble. Today Malcolm Harper and Thankom Arun urge us not to throw out the baby with the bathwater (please excuse mixed bubblebath metaphors). After reading this, I urge you to vote in the highly unscientific opinion poll to the right – time to see where the blog-reading public…

By admin April 21, 2011 0

Dump Doha; dictators v growth; DFID's contradictions; BRIC diplomacy; Zambia v Glencore on tax; brain drain v workers' rights; Gulabi Gang in pink saris: links I liked

First some housekeeping: if you’ve posted a comment on this blog, and find it hasn’t appeared, apologies – it’s nothing personal – the spam filter has been eating a few comments recently. To be on the safe side, just email a copy of the comment to me (dgreen@oxfam.org.uk). Dani Rodrik and Martin Wolf on why…

By admin April 18, 2011 0

Africa Power and Politics – a great new research programme, with lots to argue with

It’s a while since I’ve been as excited, intrigued and alarmed by a four page briefing as I was by the first policy brief of ODI’s Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP). If you’re interested in the politics of development, drop everything and read it, and the accompanying (but gated, although the introductory overview is here)…

By admin April 15, 2011 5

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, dum dum dum de dum: financial transaction tax update from Max Lawson

The Robin Hood Tax campaign to fund development and climate change adaptation via a small financial transactions tax (FTT) is potentially one of the campaigning success stories of recent years – an object lesson in how to seize the moment (global financial crisis and fiscal horror story in the rich countries) to promote a good…

By admin April 14, 2011 2