Falling African child mortality – much tweeted ‘best story in development’ (see bar chart, showing average % fall over most recent 5 year period) but only partial and unsatisfactory answers to the really important question – why?
Ian Thorpe summarizes twenty years of agonising on the use of evidence in aid policy
In the Philippines ‘mobile phone ownership by the farmer is associated with a 5-percent increase in the price received by the farmer for his onions. When we remove outliers, mobile phone ownership by the farmer’s spouse is associated with a 7-percent increase in the price received by the farmer for his onions.’ [h/t Claire Melamed] And (cf best story in development), there’s not much discussion about why that might be true……
Mick Moore applauds the OECD’s idea of creating ‘tax inspectors without borders’
Does corporate social responsibility (as a response to resource nationalism) damage democracy in Africa?
A third of the world’s Quakers live in Kenya, and they are developing non-violent direct action as a third way ‘between submission and riot’
Al Jazeera continues to excel as the world’s best development channel. Check out its Living the Language video series, ‘bringing us the stories of indigenous activists and communities throughout the globe who are standing up against stigma and proposing solutions to recover the spaces for indigenous languages’. More background here. Here’s the 22m video on Aymara identity in Bolivia