Month: October 2012

China’s African road; Euro-governance failures; patronage -> accountability; building fragile states; Blattman needs you; grey planet; toxic development; why people cheat: links I liked

The colonialists never built a road around the West African; they only needed extractive roads and railways ‘like the fingers of a hand’, from coastal ports into the interior. But now China is building one. So maybe it isn’t so colonialist after all? http://www.chinaafricarealstory.com/2012/10/china-to-build-west-african-coastal.html ‘From the perspective of Europe or the United States, hesitation and…

By admin October 30, 2012 1

How can a post-2015 agreement drive real change? Please read and comment on this draft paper

The post-2015 discussion on what should succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is picking up steam, with barely a day going by without some new paper, consultation or high level meeting. So I, along with Stephen Hale and Matthew Lockwood, have decided to add to the growing slush-pile with a new discussion paper. We want…

By admin October 29, 2012 17

Getting evaluation right: a five point plan

Final (for now) evaluationtastic installment on Oxfam’s attempts to do public warts-and-all evaluations of randomly selected projects. This commentary comes from Dr Jyotsna Puri, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) Oxfam’s emphasis on quality evaluations is a step in the right direction. Implementing agencies rarely make…

By admin October 25, 2012 2

Deconstructing resilience; savage v fragile; China's flashmob breastfeeders; Africans in the Diaspora; I'm a (Welsh) prof; Why Tories love aid; hierarchies of misery: links I liked

OxfamAmerica wonk Gawain Kripke unpacks the latest devt fuzzword, resilience http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2012/10/19/thoughts-on-resilience-as-organizing-focus/ For ‘savage’ read ‘fragile states’. Changing development terminology 1821->2012 http://nyudri.org/2012/10/18/new-historical-discovery-the-change-in-development-terminology-from-1821-to-2012/ Flashmob breastfeeding in China (inspired by a similar action in Manchester), take on bottlefeeding + caesarean culture http://www.danwei.com/the-year-of-the-breastfeeding-flash-mob-in-china-a-fathers-account/ Project Umubano – is this the reason the Tories have stuck to the UK’s aid promises?…

By admin October 22, 2012 2

To close the energy poverty gap, we need ideas, investment…and natural gas. Todd Moss responds to Hannah Ryder

CGD’s Todd Moss responds to Hannah Ryder’s critique of his ‘let them burn fossil fuels’ line on energy poverty Thanks to Hannah for raising some good questions about my proposal that the US agency OPIC partially exempt the world’s lowest-income, lowest-emitting countries from the greenhouse gas cap. I think we both agree that 1.3 billion people…

By admin October 20, 2012 3