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Duncan Green - February 20, 2017

Forget the headlines. American attitudes toward Muslims have improved over the last 3 years via Ranil Dissayanake Interest in a Universal Basic Income is growing. The World Bank’s Shanta Devarajan sets out the case and Todd Moss asks ‘What Would Mahatma Gandhi Do?’ over the UBI debate in India Good to see other aid donors mobilizing in response to the US restoring the ‘Global Gag …

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Duncan Green - February 13, 2017

We lost a giant last week. Hans Rosling made geeks look cool, proved that Swedish students are less intelligent than chimps, and made everyone who has ever lectured realize just how boring we really are. Whether you are celebrating his life, or discovering his genius for the first time, here’s a sample: 200 years, 200 countries and a massively positive story of human development, all …

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Duncan Green - February 6, 2017

First there’s the search for the best placards – seems like humour is the best response to ugly/angry. Then there’s the analysis. Are institutions strong enough to withstand disruptive populism? Francis Fukuyama makes the case against panic. The World Bank’s Sina Odugbemi is less sure. And protest? Excellent lessons from Tina Rosenberg on lessons from previous waves As for longer reads, try What Trump is …

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Watching Oxfam morph into an interdependent networked system

Duncan Green - February 1, 2017

While I’ve been ivory towering on the book for the last couple of years, Oxfam has been going through a wrenching internal reform (wait, don’t click – this gets interesting, honest!). Known as Oxfam 2020, 18 different Oxfam affiliates are slowly and painfully sorting out a single operating system and pushing power down to countries and a new swathe of southern affiliates, all while retaining …

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Duncan Green - January 30, 2017

Fantastic news. John Ambler, one of the wisest heads in development, has written his memoirs/life lessons, free to download Simon Maxwell has written one of the most comprehensive reviews to date of How Change Happens, striking a nice balance between liking it and finding loads of gaps. RCTs (Randomised Controlled Trials) came under scrutiny (again). First a study in the BMJ showed that large effects …

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Duncan Green - January 23, 2017

Now President Trump is US tweeter in chief, I’m going to have to start running more screen grabs in these round-ups. Here he is taking on author Isaac Marion. 21,000 RTs and counting…. [update: now I feel really stupid – turns out this was fake news (it’s everywhere) aka sad author trying to promote his own book by faking the Trump tweet – see comments …

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Why Davos should be talking about Disability

Duncan Green - January 19, 2017

In what I think had better be the last blog for Davos, Jodie Thorpe, IDS and Yogesh Ghore, Coady International Institute present important new research on a rising issue on the development agenda Can markets include and benefit some of the most marginalized people on earth, such as persons with disabilities? The leaders of government, business and third sector organizations gathered in Davos this week should …

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Duncan Green - January 9, 2017

The World Economic Forum tweeted a rather silly list of ’14 things successful people do before breakfast’. Paul Kirby reckoned ‘The secret of success must be to have breakfast in the evening’. As for trying this at home, when I try and ‘spend quality time with my family’/’connect with my spouse’ before breakfast, they turn pretty nasty……. Lots of great commentaries on the zeitgeist – …

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How bad is my filter bubble problem? Please help me find out

Duncan Green - January 5, 2017

In an idle moment over the Christmas break, I decided to run a twitter poll to assess the extent of my filter bubble. For any of you who’ve been on a different planet for the last few months, that’s the social media phenomenon whereby you like/follow/read only those sources that broadly agree with you, creating an echo chamber that can lead to you mistakenly thinking …

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Duncan Green - January 4, 2017

A few links from either side of the Christmas break, to provide some initial distractions in 2017 How much does $10m in large banknotes weigh? Carrying bags of cash is (luckily) easier on the back in Davos than Caracas (h/t The Economist) Great (long read) interview with inequality guru Branko Milanovic The focus on better communicating certain ‘truths’ is misplaced: academics must improve their emotional literacy …

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