Current aid design and evaluation favour autocracies. How do we change that?

I loved the new paper from Rachel Kleinfeld, a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and asked her to write a post on it What strategy can make a government take up smart development programs, better policing techniques, or tested education initiatives?  RCT and regression-based studies have taught us a great deal about…

By Duncan Green June 30, 2015 1

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It was a maptastic week (click maps to expand): First up, the number one reason people die early, by country (plus a top tweeted response from RJ Chilvers: ‘surprise is Saudi Arabia’s leading cause is road accidents. I think they need more women drivers…’)   Dear governments & aid agencies: Please stop hurting poor people…

By Duncan Green June 29, 2015 0

Have technology and globalization kicked away the ladder of ‘easy’ development? Dani Rodrik thinks so

Dani Rodrik was in town his week, and I attended a brilliant presentation at ODI. Very exciting. He’s been one of my heroes ever since I joined the aid and development crowd in the late 90s, when he was one of the few high profile economists to be arguing against the liberalizing market-good/state-bad tide on…

By Duncan Green June 26, 2015 14

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All male panels, the India version. Some good advice to organizers here on handling language, questions, roles etc  What’s the origin of the ICC’s Africa problem (since 2002, all 36 warrants have been for Africans)? ‘All you need is a big heart and access to the internet’. Great takedown of the DWSC (digital white saviour complex)…

By Duncan Green June 22, 2015 0

Crunch time for global humanitarianism – funding can’t keep up with need, so what else is needed?

Ed Cairns, Oxfam’s senior policy adviser on humanitarian advocacy, reviews the latest overview of global humanitarian aid. [Update: in response to readers’ comments, I’ve stuck up a very retrogressive humanitarian v long term aid poll to the right – please hold your nose and vote] This year’s Global Humanitarian Assistance report highlights some startling figures. For years…

By Duncan Green June 18, 2015 9