Month: November 2013

Transform or be Haunted by Ghosts: How can the Philippines ‘build back better’ after Typhoon Haiyan?

From the middle of the response to Typhoon Haiyan, Lan Mercado, our Deputy Regional Director in Asia (and passionate campaigner and Filipina) reflects on what lies ahead. She was the one who asked me to pick your brains on disasters as opportunities – thanks for the responses. The massive impact of Typhoon Haiyan claimed thousands…

By admin November 28, 2013 4

The evolving HIV & AIDS pandemic: overall progress; more varied between countries; southern governments stepping up to fill aid gaps

Today the ONE campaign is issuing The Beginning of the End?, a report (+ exec sum) on the HIV/AIDS pandemic, with some important findings. They include hitting the global tipping point on AIDS, probably next year; the increasing divergence in performance between African countries, and the fact that over half of global HIV/AIDS spending now comes from…

By admin November 26, 2013 1

Math suicide. Off topic but funny.

OK it’s Friday, and this blog has been getting alarmingly worthy and on topic. So here are some subversive/dim/traumatised answers to maths exam questions that had me snorting in a card shop recently. There’s something particularly pleasing about number two, but you may need to look at it a few times.  (h/t my mother, who spends…

By admin November 22, 2013 5

What kinds of ‘expert advice’ work in a complex world? Some likes and dislikes

I’ve been talking to a lot of ‘advisers’ in Oxfam, Save the Children and elsewhere recently about what all thiscomplexity stuff means in practice. Advisers are unsung NGO heroes, repositories of wisdom and experience, working closely with partners and staff on the ground. And those staff typically want to know what they should be doing…

By admin November 21, 2013 0

What kinds of ‘expert advice’ work in a complex world? Some likes and dislikes

I’ve been talking to a lot of ‘advisers’ in Oxfam, Save the Children and elsewhere recently about what all this complexity stuff means in practice. Advisers are unsung NGO heroes, repositories of wisdom and experience, working closely with partners and staff on the ground. And those staff typically want to know what they should be…

By admin November 21, 2013 12

Africa’s tax systems: progress, but what is the next generation of reforms?

Africa’s tax systems: progress, but what is the next generation of reforms?

Taxation is zipping up the development agenda, but the discussion is often focussed on international aspects such as tax havens or the Robin Hood Tax. Both very important, but arguably, even more important is what happens domestically – are developing country tax systems regressive or progressive? Are they raising enough cash to fund state services? Are they efficient and…

By admin November 20, 2013 0