Month: August 2012

In praise of the Edinburgh Festival

Please indulge me with this bit of off-topic blogging, because I’m just got back from a wonderfully restorative week at the Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival (this year, 25 days totalling over 2,695 shows from 47 countries in 279 venues). The format is a one hour maximum on performances, allowing you to hop easily…

By admin August 28, 2012 2

Campaigning on education and the Robin Hood Tax (and wise counsel from Dilbert)

Keeping it visual and campaign-y today. First a nice 10 minute video on the role of civil society organizations in lobbying for better education (see previous education wonkwar debate if you want more analysis) They certainly know a thing or two about campaigning in Germany, recently getting major German banks to drop commodity funds and…

By admin August 27, 2012 3

Africa's other big BRIC – India

Some nice analysis of India’s African footprint in a new paper by Sumit Roy (right) in LSE’s Global Policy journal (ungated – props to them). India’s exchange with Africa is rooted in the precolonial period with subsequent developments in the colonial and the post-colonial era. In the 18th century the territories were tied through migration…

By admin August 22, 2012 2

Intern wanted; Owen Barder, Elinor Ostrom and a falling cat on change, complexity and development; rapid welfare states in China and Mexico; Tyler's evil exam question: links I liked

I need an intern to work with me to launch the 2nd edition of From Poverty to Power. Despite last week’s rant, I’m usually quite friendly, honest….. Owen Barder introduces development in text and online, through a one hour presentation, starting with THAT toaster (right) ‘Colonial powers assumed we have the answers, and destroyed social capital.…

By admin August 20, 2012 2