Where does the world’s food grow? Good overview + maps from Brookings Institution
What’s the latest economic research on Africa? David Evans with another monster instant bibliography (plus links) of the papers presented at the recent African Economics conference
‘Boaty McBoatface’ wins online competition to name new polar research ship against stiff competition from Bloody Cold Here, What Iceberg?, Captain Haddock, Big Shipinnit, Science!!! and Big Metal Floaty Thingy-thing. Restores your faith in humanity, but rather glad we didn’t crowdsource the HCH book’s title as well as cover…..
The battle for women’s land rights in India pits progressive law against oppressive culture
Rolling the development dice. Lovely lyrical reflection on progress, luck and his father’s life by IDS’ Ben Ramalingam
The case for stealth innovation (dont take your new idea to the boss until it’s up and running). Harvard Business Review advice rings a bit too true
What can the aid biz learn from IT project management? Pete Vowles on agile delivery v doing development differently
Wow. Nixon adviser John Ehrlichman on the motives for starting the war on drugs: ‘the Nixon White House had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities’.
The Obamas tango in Argentina. Now imagine the Trumps in their place……