Month: December 2015

Links I Liked (and happy Christmas Elsie)

Wonderful readers’ selection of their favourite New Yorker cartoons. Enjoy.  What Should We Do About Inequality? Fascinating reflection from Harvard’s Ricardo Hausman ‘Since our campaign, we had seen a 90% reduction in LRA killings’. Relive the mind-blowing hubris of Invisible Children (of Kony 2012 fame), and a classic illustration of failing to distinguish between causation and correlation 100 key research…

By Duncan Green December 21, 2015 0

How to ensure increased aid to fragile/conflict states actually benefits poor people?

Following the UK government’s announcement of an increase in spending on aid for fragile states, Ed Cairns, outlines Oxfam’s experience in fragile states and the potential lessons for the future. The announcement that the UK will spend 50% of its aid budget in fragile states was made in the aftermath of the terrible atrocities in Paris, Beirut and…

By Duncan Green December 18, 2015 1

Will the Sustainable Development Goals make a difference on the ground? Lessons from a 5 country case study on the MDGs

I’ve long been baffled/appalled by the lack of decent research on the impact of the MDGs at national level. Sure there’s lots of data gathering, and reports on how fast access to education or health is improving or poverty is falling, but that’s definitely not the same thing as finding out whether/how the MDGs in…

By Duncan Green December 17, 2015 1

How on earth can you measure resilience? A wonk Q&A

Resilience is one of today’s omnipresent development fuzzwords, applied to individuals, communities, businesses, countries, ideas and just about everything else. But how can it best be measured? To plug their new paper on the topic, Oxfam’s measurement wonks Jonathan Lain (left) and Rob Fuller (right) argue with their imaginary non-wonk friend…… So they’ve let the…

By Duncan Green December 15, 2015 7

Links I Liked

Christmas looms, but how do you tell Santa from Spiderman? Geek humour via @patronsaintofcats Good tips on how to improve collaboration between academics/researchers and practitioners – because we need each other. Malaria deaths have halved since 2000 (438,000 in 2015; 839,000 in 2000), according to new WHO figures What refugees ask IRC staff when they reach…

By Duncan Green December 14, 2015 0

Of MPs, chiefs and churches: Vanuatu’s parallel governance systems

This second installment of posts on my recent trip to Vanuatu covers the country’s dual (or even triple) systems of governance. Vanuatu’s parallel systems came into sharp relief when we left the capital, Port Vila, and headed for the village of Epau, passing the tree wreckage of Cyclone Pam en route. Conversations in the capital had all…

By Duncan Green December 11, 2015 2