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This platform explores the latest thinking and action on international development, highlighting issues of power, politics, hope and justice. It is curated by Duncan Green and Maria Faciolince.

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The US gets serious on the Millennium Development Goals

Climate change legislation may have been blown out of the water in Congress, but Barack Obama is still moving forward on reforming the chaotic US aid system (see previous posts here). On Friday the Administration released the US plan for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, ahead of the UN’s September ‘high level event’ on the MDGs. […]

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Videos I liked: animated marxism; leadership and the dancing guy; adapting to climate change

OK, this week’s posts have been fairly demanding, so let’s relax a bit. I’ve been getting a pile of links to excellent youtubes and the like. If you’re in an open plan office like me, sticking on the headphones and watching videos during office hours can be a bit awkward (‘it’s work related, honest’), so either […]

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The co-creator of the UN's new Multidimensional Poverty Index defends her new baby

Sabina Alkire responds to the previous posts by Martin Ravallion and me on her new ‘Multidimensional Poverty Index’. She is director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). “As Martin Ravallion points out, we agree that poverty is multidimensional. The question is whether our efforts to incorporate multiple dimensions into the very definition […]

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Guest Blog: World Bank research director critiques the new UN poverty index

Martin Ravallion is Director of the World Bank’s research department, the Development Research Group. These are the views of the author, and need not reflect those of the World Bank. “Everyone agrees that poverty is not just about low consumption of market commodities by a household.  There are also important non-market goods, such as access […]

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How can we improve the way we measure poverty? The UN's new poverty index (and groovy graphics)

Ask poor people what poverty is like, and they typically talk about fear, humiliation and ill health, at least as much as money. But can the non-income dimensions of poverty be measured in a way that allows policy makers to weigh priorities and allocate resources? If not, the danger (as often happens) is that decision […]

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Links I liked: Climate rebuttals and good news; gangs of Sudan; great spoofs of Stieg Larsson and French reparations to Haiti; smoke kills women; Brazil as aid donor; Ethiopia is beautiful and India's winning solar lantern

Still ploughing through the post-holiday backlog…… Sceptics v Science: Rebuttals of all the usual denialists’ arguments on a single page – very handy [h/t John Magrath] 27 of Europe’s biggest and most important companies demand tougher targets on emissions Richard Gowan links US rap culture and emerging gangs in South Sudan Spoof 1: Stieg Larsson […]

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Why Google Reader saves you time and expands your mind, with some links I liked on Africa, Climate Change and Aid

Back from holiday and in about an hour, I’ve just skimmed 250 pieces from the last three weeks of writing from my 15 favourite writers and bloggers, everyone from Paul Krugman and Martin Wolf to Texas in Africa and Political Climate. I didn’t have to go searching for them – they were all waiting for […]

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I give up, this blog is now on Facebook

As a technologically challenged grumpy old man, I am one of the 90% of the world’s population who is still not on Facebook (to be honest, mainly because I’m worried about not having any friends). But as with Twitter, this blog is now dipping its toe in the murky waters of social networking. ‘From Poverty to […]

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New books on development: bad microfinance; climate change and war; what works; inside the World Bank; mobile activism

One of the perks of writing a blog is that I can scrounge review copies of development-related books. I’m sure they’re all fascinating and I really want to read them but alas, they don’t come with extra hours in the day attached. So I now have a growing pile by my desk that is in […]

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Global population, the Hans Rosling way – Ikea meets powerpoint

My favourite lecturer on development, Hans Rosling, has gone post-digital. His new TED lecture on global population growth uses Ikea storage boxes instead. But don’t worry, he gets onto his trademark whizzy graphics at the end, and the result is spellbinding, as always. His message? If you want to reduce global population growth, start by increasing […]

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What future for peasant communities in the North? A holiday report

Back from a week’s holiday and a ‘South in the North’ experience attending a wedding in Lewis in the Outer Hebrides (go to the top of Scotland, and turn left). My father-in-law comes from there, and his family still run a croft – a smallholding with a few sheep and cattle in one of Britain’s […]

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Who reads this blog? Two years of blog stats and definitely time for a holiday

Google Analytics is dangerously addictive. You can see who’s visiting your blog, country by country, city by city and in real time. I have to ration myself or I’d be checking it every 5 minutes. Anyway, it turns out that I have now been writing this blog for two years. So here’s the verdict so far: […]

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Duncan Green

Duncan is strategic adviser for Oxfam GB, author of ‘How Change Happens’ and Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics.

Maria Faciolince

Maria is an anthropologist, activist - researcher and multimedia communicator working with Oxfam GB.