Links I liked

September 8, 2014 2 By Duncan Green

The usual Monday morning excuse not to start in on your emails. Twitter highlights from last week’s @fp2p feed.

What academics are really saying

What academics are really saying [h/t Conrad Hackett]

What happens when you try to give a rich person $2? A nice experiment on donorship, poverty and power [h/t Farida Bena]

There were good punch-ups & polemics:

Global Fairtrade sales reached £4.4bn following 15% growth during 2013, but promptly got a bashing from Ndongo Samba Sylla for ignoring the poorest producers, and then fought back

Alan Beattie and Jeff Sachs trade blows on whether Bhutan’s ‘Gross National Happiness’ metric is just a figleaf for autocracy

Extraordinary broadside from Robert Chambers accusing DFID of losing the development plot, and Payment by Results as proof. (Haven’t seen any responses yet – let me know if I’ve missed them)

Scots referendum polls

And a more good natured debate on Open Democracy on the strengths and weaknesses whether social media is really transforming politics. Stephen Hopgood is sceptical. Cristina Maza reckons its big potential is for building ‘power within’.

Humans of Palestine: photos that celebrate the everyday, not the bang bang.

Just 10 days to go til the Scots independence referendum, and the vote is getting unexpectedly close. Personally, I’m on the fence (but I don’t have a
vote). Here’s ‘I want to break free’. Sharp 90 sec referendum Scotland Megamix. Shame it’s from Sky. Oh well.


Not really a link I liked, but thought you might like to see my garden – the backdrop to me droning on about development for 25m to a student economics website. See that little wall? I built that – best DIY I’ve ever done (not much competition, mind)


And while we’re on personal stuff, a proud Dad plug for this piece on women and climate change in Bangladesh from son Finlay