Psychedelic infographic on small arms and ammunition trade by country [h/t Chris Blattman]
Innovation Tourette’s – the latest occupational disease in the aid industry
Some Oxfam news: We’re half way through a provocative two week online debate on women and the food system and we’ve just tidied up and published our in-house research guidelines on ethics, interviewing, writing exec sums & killer facts, terms of reference, house style etc. Handy.
The political economy of post-2015. Final version of my new paper, written with Stephen Hale and Matthew Lockwood, is now out. It incorporates comments from more than 500 downloads of the draft – unpaid consultancy crowdsourcing rocks.
The ODI’s Marta Foresti has some good ‘inconvenient truths’ on corruption
Excessively tetchy response by Acemoglu & Robinson to Jeff Sachs’ critical review of their book, Why Nations Fail, triggers much more civilized series of parallel discussions on twitter – Jeff Sachs like some kind of developmental chess grand master playing numerous games at once
New World Bank report says world will heat up by 4 degrees by end of century and poor will suffer most
OK, you’ve probably already seen this, but what the heck. To show the difference between hazard and vulnerability, I sometimes point out that Europe has a natural disaster every year – winter. But this lovely (and really rather gentle) spoof, takes it one step further. Big it up for Radi-aid, aka ‘Africans for Norway’. And to the Norwegian aid agency for funding it. Martin Plaut has more background [h/t Sally King and numerous others]