5 Straws to Clutch/Reasons to be Cheerful on US presidential inauguration day

January 23, 2017

Local governance and resilience – what lasts after the project ends?

January 23, 2017

Links I Liked

January 23, 2017
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Now President Trump is US tweeter in chief, I’m going to have to start running more screen grabs in these round-Trump v Marionups. 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 on this post for links. Apologies to all concerned]

How has your country changed since the year of your birth? Fun interactive, which also allows you to compare with progress in other countries

How to write a blogpost from your journal article in 11 easy steps. Patrick Dunleavy’s post was the most read in 2016 on the excellent LSE Impact blog and is good advice for non-academic bloggers too.

ODI’s 10 recommendations on how to influence policy with research

Japanese tunaHats off to whichever genius at The Economist came up with this graph of Japanese GDP v tuna prices.

Killer fact (literally). Massive new WHO study finds tobacco costs the world economy over $1 trillion a year. More than 1.1 billion people smoke

In the spirit of getting out of our filter bubble, check out this 2m trailer for anti-aid film Poverty, Inc. Listen first (you might agree with some of it), then critique.

Systems thinking: a cautionary tale (cats in Borneo). Nice illustration


  1. Maybe I misunderstood, but surely the whole poverty inc video is arguing for an approach any thoughtful development organisation has been pushing for at least a couple of decades, and is thus entirely within our bubble? I grant you, best practice approaches are far from universally adopted, but its a bit of a straw man to suggest that it’s time to rethink poverty when the majority of us did so a very long while ago, and continue to do so – even WFP has now been doing cash for years, precisely because they (finally) realised how much damage in-kind assistance can do outside of extreme emergencies. It’s a couple of years old, but ironic to view this just as the UK’s Daily Mail is leading a charge against cash programming explicitly designed to empower people and support markets and entrepreneurship.

  2. Or “British” Guiana after WW2 .. successful eradication of (some types) of mosquitoes … falling rate of malaria …. increasing human population and demand for cultivable rather than grazing land … drop in cattle numbers … surviving mosquitoes which had previously fed on cattle turned their attention to humans … increased rate of malaria.

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