Month: May 2012

How can aid agencies promote local governance and accountability? Lessons from five countries.

This post also appeared on the World Bank’s ‘People, Spaces. Deliberation‘ blog Oxfam is publishing a fascinating new series of papers today, drawing together lessons from our programme work on local governance and community action. There are case studies from Nepal (women’s rights, see photo), Malawi (access to medicines), Kenya (tracking public spending), Viet Nam (community…

By admin May 31, 2012 6

Best story in development; evidence and aid; who holds the mobile?; tax inspectors without borders; CSR v democracy; Kenya's Quakers; Living the Language: links I liked

Falling African child mortality – much tweeted ‘best story in development’ (see bar chart, showing average % fall over most recent 5 year period) but only partial and unsatisfactory answers to the really important question – why? Ian Thorpe summarizes twenty years of agonising on the use of evidence in aid policy  In the Philippines ‘mobile…

By admin May 29, 2012 2

"Be Outraged!" Some big names in development take on the Austerians

This week Oxfam supported the publication of ‘Be Outraged’, an angry and eloquent broadside from some big names in the development scene, including Richard Jolly, Carlos Fortin, Giovanni Andrea Cornia, Diane Elson, Ruth Pearson, Frances Stewart and Stephany Griffith Jones. Many of them led the fightback in the late 1980s against the excesses of the…

By admin May 25, 2012 4

Religion, making babies and 'peak child': brilliant new Hans Rosling video

Break out the champagne, the sword-swallowing data guru is back, with a brilliant performance on religion and fertility, delivered, as far as I can tell, in Qatar. Conclusion: ‘religion has very little to do with the number of children in the world’, and fertility is falling rapidly, everywhere (due to women’s education and paid jobs +…

By admin May 23, 2012 9

Development's 2 tribes; post-2015; the Big Dope Hunt; Save the Kids v The Economist; the next frontier; Millennium Villages under fire; African take-off: great advocacy videos: links I liked

And please don’t forget to fill in the reader survey to the right – only takes a few minutes, promise. ‘Both camps should show greater humility: macro-development practitioners about what they already know, and micro-development practitioners about what they can learn.’ Magisterial overview from Dani Rodrik of progress in the two great development wonk tribes…

By admin May 22, 2012 2

The IPCC Special Report on Disasters and Adaptation: more than just climate science

Guest post from one time Oxfam research team member Arabella Fraser, who is currently in the Department for International Development, London School of Economics, writing a PhD on climate risk and vulnerability in informal urban settlements. She is also a consultant on climate adaptation and development issues, working most recently on urban adaptation planning in Latin…

By admin May 20, 2012 1

‘As serious as a heart attack’: Robin Hood Tax Global Week of Action Kicks Off

Update on substantial progress (and the risk the money raised won’t go to development and climate change) from Oxfam head of advocacy (and generally merry man) Max Lawson This week sees a Global Week of Action for the campaign for the Robin Hood Tax (aka the Financial Transactions Tax, or FTT). The FTT rose to prominence…

By admin May 18, 2012 1