Madonna v Malawi; rebuilding Somalia; Rodrik loves nation states; everyone's wrong on Europe; Economist wants more taxes (in China); results agenda(s); life on hold: links I liked

‘I don’t understand how she can work like that. For someone to go to the papers and say, ‘I’m building schools’, without telling the government, I find it a strange way of working.’ Madonna reinvents parallel provision and bad aid in Malawi

Is it possible/desirable to try and build a nation state in Somalia? Got any better ideas? Brilliant thoughts from uber blogger Chris Blattman 
 
‘People still must turn for solutions to their national governments, which remain the best hope for collective action. The nation-state may be a relic bequeathed to us by the French Revolution, but it is all that we have.’ Dani Rodrik argues the case for strong nation states

Paul Krugman on why both the Republican and German  explanations of Europe’s economic malaise are completely wrong

‘Under Chairman Mao, taxes on private property all but vanished along with private property itself. Today’s Chinese set no store by the old socialist doctrine that “property is theft”. But many urban Chinese now think of taxation that way. They feel, with some justification, that they already pay too much to a state that provides too little.’ The Economist reckons it’s time for China’s local governments to introduce a property tax. They have previously relied for revenue on expropriating land from local farmers and flogging it to property developers, but as the real estate boom slows, land sales are falling and revenue is drying up.

What do aid people mean when they talk about ‘results’? At least four different things apparently – from the always thought-provoking Owen Barder

‘Life on hold’, powerful 6 minute Amnesty film with the voice of a Somali teenager living in a refugee camp in Tunisia, waiting to find a home in Europe

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2 Responses to “Madonna v Malawi; rebuilding Somalia; Rodrik loves nation states; everyone's wrong on Europe; Economist wants more taxes (in China); results agenda(s); life on hold: links I liked”
  1. Kathleen

    Thanks for the link to the ‘results agenda’ by Owen Barder. Very thought provoking given current debates and all the discussions on results and what it can mean. Can be a helpful prompt when thinking about what is the driver within an organisation and where the focus is?

  2. Liz A

    Having lived and worked in Malawi on and off for 15 years, I can’t tell you how much Madonna irks me and my colleagues. It’s like a one-woman colonial-type invasion of a country that has quite enough blond-haired, blue-eyed ego-driven do-gooders. Frankly, Madonna, naff off.

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