Month: April 2012

African stereotypes; land grabs update; new governance blog; bad aid (malaria and China examples); post MDGs – christmas tree, jigsaw or bullseye?; logical fallacies: links I liked

African stereotypes were all the rage on the interweb last week: ‘Africa’s image in the West, and Africa’s image to itself, are often crude, childish drawings of reality’ argues Binyavanga Wainaina. Others think humour works better: ‘Africans shocked by uncivilized antics of European savages’, South African satirical magazine Hayibo takes aim at Europe’s elephant-massacring kings…

By admin April 30, 2012 1

Building accountability in Tanzania: applying an evolutionary/venture capitalist theory of change

A version of this post appeared yesterday on ‘People, Spaces, Deliberation’, the World Bank’s clunkily-named but interesting governance and accountability blog. I’ve been catching up on our accountability work in Tanzania recently, and it continues to be really ground-breaking. Rather than churning out the standard logical framework of activities, outputs and predicted outcomes before the…

By admin April 27, 2012 7

People power, transformation and existential crisis: the state of global civil society:

Civicus, a global network of civil society organizations, recently published a pilot ‘State of Civil Society’ report, which it hopes to repeat at regular intervals. Some excerpts: “2011 marked a critical juncture for civil society. Authoritarian regimes buckled under the weight of citizen pressure, and prevailing political and economic orders faced unprecedented opposition from people…

By admin April 24, 2012 1

Sudan meltdown; homeland security v secret police; global carbon map; ethical supply chains; Kony2012 ebook; private sector-led aid; stuff organizers say; the dangers of texting: links I liked

The anti-bra hunt forces have mustered over the weekend and are now ahead in the poll, by the way The Guardian’s Simon Tisdall warns that the looming conflict in Sudan could be far worse than Syria, but is alarmed that the international community is largely ignoring it. Homeland Security in Washington = Secret Police in…

By admin April 23, 2012 0

You can now read this blog in Spanish, French, Chinese or Hindi – how cool is that? Plus the bra poll is a cliffhanger – keep voting

Welcome to the Tower of Babel (right). My wonderful blogmeister Eddy Lambert has found a way to put a Google Translate button on the blog (to the right, above the twitter icon). The drop down menu gives you an astonishing range of language options and more or less instantly translates the whole blog. Judging by…

By admin April 21, 2012 3

How poor people get through crises: some excellent 'rapid social anthropology' from IDS and the World Bank

On Wednesday, I spoke at the launch of a new book, Living Through Crises: How the Food, Fuel and Financial Shocks Affect the Poor, by Rasmus Heltberg, Naomi Hossain and Anna Reva. It’s a joint World Bank and IDS publication, also available for free online. I think it could prove quite influential. The starting point…

By admin April 19, 2012 4