Links I Liked

adolescenceGirls’ adolescence as critical juncture, c/o World Economic Forum

Great bluffer’s guide for techno-phobes and -philes alike. The top 10 emerging technologies of 2016. ‘Organs on Chips’?

Prepare to be astonished. Men are more likely to cite their own research than women and the gender self-promotion gap is rising.

Africa is moving toward a massive and important free trade agreement – Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)

Do cash transfers to mothers always produce better results? Not in West Africa, apparently

“The decline in new HIV infections stalled five years ago and that, in some areas, the numbers are rising again” Good Guardian summary of depressing stats and trends

Dilbert on DisruptionDilbert on disruption in large organizations. No relevance to Oxfam , obvs

Why did God make hippos? All is explained: [h/t Tim Harford]

‘The International Development Jargon Detector counts jargon words in reports, presentations and other documents. Upload a file to start catalyzing sustainable change.’ Go on, no-one will know…….[h/t David Sasaki]

Why has anti-globalization sentiment been captured by the Right? The abdication of the left, argues Dani Rodrik. But he reckons ‘ the intellectual vacuum on the left is being filled’ (optimism of the will?)

Three new additions to Oxfam’s handy research guidelines series: on survey sampling, lit reviews and how to give feedback (last one by me)

And it may be 35 years old, but for some reason, the Gil Scott Heron classic ‘B Movie’ is stuck in my head. Maybe something to do with ‘this country wants nostalgia. They want to go back as far as they can – even if it’s only as far as last week. Not to face now or tomorrow, but to face backwards. And yesterday was the day of our cinema heroes riding to the rescue at the last possible moment. The day of the man in the white hat or the man on the white horse – or the man who always came to save America at the last moment – someone always came to save America at the last moment’. Full lyrics here

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