Month: February 2016

Links I Liked

Huge thanks for all the votes, comments (and even some alternative designs by email!) on the short list for book covers. If you haven’t voted yet, please do so – will discuss the results with the publishers later this week. Early zeppelins were made from beaten & stretched cow intestine. 250,000 cows were needed per…

By Duncan Green February 29, 2016 0

Trying to promote reform in fragile and conflict states: some lessons from success and failure

Reading the ODI’s prodigious output is starting to feel like a full time job. A lot of it is really top quality, even if their choice of titles is sometimes a bit bland. One example is ‘Change in Challenging Contexts’, a name that doesn’t exactly set the pulse racing – a shame, as it’s a…

By Duncan Green February 25, 2016 0

Doing Problem Driven Work, great new guide for governance reformers and activists

One of the criticisms of the big picture discussion on governance  that’s been going on in networks such as Doing Development Differently and Thinking and Working Politically is that it’s all very helicopter-ish. ‘What do I do differently on Monday morning?’, comes the frustrated cry of the practitioner. Now some really useful answers are starting…

By Duncan Green February 24, 2016 2

Where are the ‘Digital Dividends’ from the ICT Revolution? The new World Development Report

OK, book done, back from recuperative holiday, time to get back to daily blogging. Earlier this month I headed off for the London launch of the 2016 World Development Report, ‘Digital Dividends’. The World Bank’s annual flagship is always a big moment in wonkland, and there has been a lot of positive buzz around this one.…

By Duncan Green February 22, 2016 3

Links I Liked

I’m off for a holiday, so this is the last blog for a couple of weeks. Back after that. Let’s make 2016 the year when we try and stop people unthinkingly hit ‘reply all’ and clogging up our inboxes. Next time someone does it, why not send them this photo? In Kerala, Pembillai Orumai—Women’s Unity,…

By Duncan Green February 9, 2016 2

Links I Liked

Happy Monday morning everyone. Here’s Dilbert on meetings Busy week for tax geeks: A Eurodad analysis of the European Commission’s Anti-Tax Avoidance Package IDS tax guru Mick Moore on the links between the flawed new OECD tax agreement on TNCs, aka the BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) recommendations and the Google (non) tax scandal?…

By Duncan Green February 1, 2016 0