Links I Liked

How was your week? Write any top emails? Dilbert on emails

Internal Oxfam stuff, but important. Winnie Byanyima explains reasoning behind relocating Oxfam International’s office to Nairobi

Ten facts about conflict and its impact on women [h/t Emily Brown]

DFID has a new, high profile and v thoughtful Minister of State in Rory Stewart. Here he is on why democracy matters

‘End this report writing madness now’. Enjoyable Deborah Doane rant about the avalanche of the unread, with a passing swipe at Oxfam

Could economists have done any better over Brexit? Tim Harford on limits of evidence/experts in public debate

Nice balanced analysis of the role of social media (especially whatsapp) in the recent protests in Zimbabwe, compared to traditional face to face organizing

Where do African women have more power? In countries emerging from war.

Obama’s legacy for international development: lots of new initiatives but also preventing an even bigger global crash in 2008

Why “what works?” is the wrong question: Evaluate ideas not programs.

‘We’re the Superhumans’ Backgrounder on utterly brilliant trailer for Rio Paralympics 2016.

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3 Responses to “Links I Liked”
  1. Pamela White

    Interesting, and positive, to hear about Oxfam’s decision. But I wonder whether the recent push by the NGO Board in Kenya to pressure NGOs to employ Kenyans, and send expats home, will have any impact on this move?

  2. Nicholas Colloff

    I cannot help thinking that moving the Oxfam Secretariat from Oxford to Kenya is moving from one kind of bubble (privileged cosmopolitan city in West) to another kind of bubble (self-referential international donor community in Nairobi) and I know where I have the most real face to face encounter with poor people (and it is not Nairobi) 🙂

  3. I find it hard to take seriously Rory Stewart when he cites George Bush as an example of a politician who is an advocate of democracy when good old George Jr. stole the election to win his presidency and then made up lies about Saddam Hussein so that it allowed him to invade and then profit off of the rebuilding of Iraq along with his VP Cheney– Rory as an adventurer with not much awareness of culture or context– is not really the democracy poster child…..

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