Month: June 2012

How should our influencing strategy vary with the kind of state we're working in?

Despite the deeply unimpressive response to my last attempt (on top killer facts – not too late to chip in), I’m willing to give you another chance to provide us with unpaid consultancy crowdsource some useful ideas. This time it is helping us think through how an INGO’s influencing strategy at national level (whether through advocacy,…

By admin June 27, 2012 12

Measuring well-being: what can international development learn from the health sector?

In this guest post, ODI’s Claire Melamed, Emma  Samman and Laura Kiku Rodriguez-Takeuchi pitch for partners for some work on developing new wellbeing metrics in development. Any takers? What do we think we’re doing when we do ‘development’?  Surely, it has to be about making lives better for people as they themselves experience them. But…

By admin June 26, 2012 7

Grammar fascism; 287m tonnes; development impact bonds; kickstriker.com; Germany 4 FTT; latest on aid, inequality; protectionism v regulation; 'I will never be cut': links I liked

DFID minister Alan Duncan admits to ‘grammar fascism’ and orders staff to stop using words like ‘leverage’, ‘going forward’ or mainstream’. Wonderful. NGOs next? Time to start compiling a list of top offenders? [h/t Ben Phillips] Update: see comments for candidates and keep ’em coming, tho not sure how much will actually be left of…

By admin June 25, 2012 13

When does accountability work have an impact? The importance of Implementation Gaps

I’ve been reading the set of papers Oxfam recently published on local governance and community action (see previous blog) and was struck by how central the issue of ‘implementation gaps’ is in our work. An implementation gap arises when a set of institutions (often via decentralization), policies or budgets (or all three) exists on paper that should…

By admin June 22, 2012 5

Development costs of a €-crash (or of getting TV); land grabs in Myanmar; an African saviour at the ICC; is the world getting more peaceful?; stuff for Rio; Elinor Ostrom RIP: links I liked

Eurozone breakup could cost the poorest countries $30 billion in lost trade and foreign investment – top number crunching from Ricardo Fuentes behind this new killer fact  The spread of television destroys social capital (Indonesia), reduces domestic violence (India), increases divorce rates and reduces family size (Brazil) and improves kids’ test scores in poor households, while…

By admin June 19, 2012 0