The new Gates Foundation aid report: great at human stories; but where’s the power, politics and mess?

October 2, 2017

Local thinktanks are natural allies in ‘Doing Development Differently’ so why not support them better?

October 2, 2017

Links I Liked

October 2, 2017
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This is Albert Einstein’s other great equation: a formula for the survival of the living world and its people. Four Einstein on humanitysentences, written in 1950. ht George Monbiot

Q: How does a government regulate new stuff that it doesn’t understand? A: completely rethink of regulation as a process of iterative partnership with the regulated.

New twist on sexism in academia. Women academics are systematically (and unfairly) marked down by students (both sexes) in their evaluations. Sigh.

RohingyaThe worst refugee crisis in decades: the weekly outflow of Rohingyas from Myanmar is the highest since the Rwandan genocide

The power of culture continued: Students (especially girls) who watched the Queen of Katwe movie were more likely to pass exams than those who did not,

Check out the new Global Poverty and Inequality Dynamics (GPID) research network website

Interesting typology of ‘scholar practitioners’ – I think I’m a ‘temporary role bundler’….

Brexit meets Titanic. A wonderful (if depressing as hell) spoof. via Henry Northover


  1. Einstein’s other other equation is:
    “If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut”

  2. “completely rethink of regulation as a process of iterative partnership with the regulated” sound like a nice formula for regulatory capture and especially in a new industry a chance for first movers to cement advantage and erect nice barriers to entry for new comers. Imagine what you would be saying if the “stuff governments don’t understand” was replaced with the words “exotic financial innovations such as CDO-squared” Now how do you feel about the industry partnership?

    No problem to discuss regulation with industry but you better speak with someone who has the public interest at heart as well.

    1. Good point Peter – it only works if civil servants are capable of exercising ’embedded autonomy’, in the words of Peter Evans on developmental states, and how you achieve that is a long and difficult story!

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