Links I Liked

November 10, 2014 0 By Duncan Green

Another selection from last week’s @fp2p twitter-fodder Africa no ebola

OK, let’s start with Ebola

Helpful map (because the world seems confused on this point)

Rick Rowden says the reason why health systems in West Africa are so ill-equipped to deal with Ebola. Is partly the fault of previous IMF programmes

‘Explain it like I’m 5’. UNICEF takes a cute kids approach to explaining what it’s all about. Not sure it works tho. [h/t Tom Murphy]

And elsewhere

An interesting bit of man bites dog: In praise of Bolivia’s controversial new child labour law. By lowering the legal age limit, it recognizes and gives rights to working kids – i.e. the anti-prohibition argument

The new 116 page IPCC climate report boiled down to 29 depressing bullets, c/o Scientific American [h/t Kumi Naidoo]

US income gainsTwo striking graphs from the US. New data support Piketty’s arguments, while (left) the income gains going to the top 1% have risen from 5% of total in 1954-7 to 95% in 2009-12 [h/t Conrad Hackett]

If you’re interested in governance, institutions etc, Harvard’s Matt Andrews is on fire at the moment. His Building State Capability programme has a sharp new website. He also has a nice summary of the PDIA (problem-driven iterative adaptation) approach to governance reform, with funky graphics and lots of case studies

Why the new Core Humanitarian Standards remind MSF of Pippa Middleton’s advice on dinner parties [h/t Tom Murphy]

Some arguments against evidence-based policy, including that it provokes over-confidence, conservatism, elitism, and ignores the importance of symbols

Sweet study in the travails of masculinity. Kenyan sons summon the courage to tell their fathers ‘I Love You’  (on the phone). [h/t Irungu Houghton]

Finally, (and sticking with the whole father-son thing) when torn between fatherly pride and the desire never to mention Russell Brand on this blog, nepotism wins every time. Son Finlay’s perceptive blog on what Brand Brand says about the state of British politics.