Month: February 2012

How to write winning research funding applications

Recently I’ve been involved in some fascinating exercises in allocating large dollops of institutional funds for research (can’t give any more details, sorry). This has involved reviewing and discussing dozens of applications from different academics. Here’s a quick download of what I learned about the art of writing winning applications: Mixed methods rock: Quants and…

By admin February 29, 2012 9

Madonna v Malawi; rebuilding Somalia; Rodrik loves nation states; everyone's wrong on Europe; Economist wants more taxes (in China); results agenda(s); life on hold: links I liked

‘I don’t understand how she can work like that. For someone to go to the papers and say, ‘I’m building schools’, without telling the government, I find it a strange way of working.’ Madonna reinvents parallel provision and bad aid in Malawi Is it possible/desirable to try and build a nation state in Somalia? Got…

By admin February 27, 2012 2

Getting Somalia Wrong and other background reading for today's big conference

On 3 February, the UN declared that there were no longer famine conditions in southern Somalia, but six months since that famine was declared, Somalia is still in the throes of its worst humanitarian crisis in decades. Nearly a third of the population remain in crisis, unable to meet essential food and non-food needs. Key…

By admin February 23, 2012 3

What causes bad nutrition – not enough power or not enough vitamins?

As a general rule, the further The Economist magazine’s subject matter departs from economics, the better it gets, as information and analysis replace the ideological drumbeat of its market fundamentalist ‘priors’. Thanks to its coverage, vital development issues such as gendercide or resource scarcity reach a global mass audience. This week’s issue has an excellent…

By admin February 22, 2012 5

27 countries are meeting today to try and stop Europe doing something about climate change

Today there’s one of those meetings that bears out the conspiracy theorists. 27 countries, including India, China, Russia and the USA, are meeting in Moscow to discuss how to block new European climate change regulation to charge airlines for their carbon emissions on flights into and out of Europe. China has reportedly ‘banned’ its airlines…

By admin February 21, 2012 0

Bill loves geoengineering; Europe v access to medicines; we're getting happier; Martin Wolf saves capitalism; mental health in India; Big Oil v transparency; can aid be sexy? Links I liked

Yep, been waiting for this to happen – the momentum behind geoengineering is building, as Bill Gates and others weigh in behind a pain-free (?) tech fix to climate change as a ‘plan B’ if attempts to reduce emissions continue to fail. Sensible precaution or dangerous Dr Strangelove distraction from getting our carbon emissions under…

By admin February 20, 2012 1

Working in development; cartoons of injustice; how many slaves work for you?; Valentine's day silliness: graphics I liked

What it’s like to work in development – the picture version  [h/t Alex Evans] Cartoons that highlight injustice and insecurity, (with mixed success) – here’s one of the better ones. How many slaves work for you? Very pretty interactive graphic, but it takes ages, and the methodology is probably dodgy. [h/t 3500 Millones] ‘Shall I compare thee…

By admin February 17, 2012 2