Thanks FT for this chart of toppling despots after the ouster of Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir. In the Arab Spring 2.0 (Sudan and Algeria, so far), the military jump in to forestall a revolution, toppling dictators when popular pressure becomes overwhelming. But what comes next? Recent precedents (Egypt, Thailand) are hardly encouraging.
Life-long learning for campaigners. Some good advice and links here from Tom Baker
And some important analysis of aid trends, in ascending order of geekiness:
“Bilateral aid – direct, country-to-country assistance – to the least developed countries fell by 3% in 2018, with support to the African continent down 4% and humanitarian assistance dropping by 8%.”
Blended finance (using public money to ‘crowd in’ private) is not all it’s cracked up to be. $1 of public institution investment leverages just $0.75 in private investment, falling to $0.37 in low-income countries. New ODI report ht Jesse Griffiths
And the winner is…. ‘Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Complex Programs in Complex Contexts: Three Facility Case Studies’. Important for us ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ types
And back to Sudan. The inspiring women leading the protests, and an interview with Alaa Salah, a 22-year-old architecture student who became the face of the revolution