Whither the FAO?; Taxing the Philippines; South Sudan; cutting US farm subsidies; education quality in Africa; lessons from spooks; children's parties and complexity theory: links I liked

What does the new boss of the FAO, Brazil’s José Graziano da Silva, need to do to make sure his new organization leads the fight against global hunger? Lawrence Haddad and Calestous Juma offer him some ideas. philippines tax take

The Philippines gets serious on taxation – about time (see chart)

What to read on South Sudan? You could try a potted history and grim prognosis from Richard Dowden, or, if you want to remain optimistic, some interviews with refugees returning from the UK.

Record commodity prices + record fiscal deficit: surely it’s time to cut US farm subsidies, including $5bn in direct payments (which go overwhelmingly to the big guys)?

OK, so you’ve got the kids into school. What happens if they don’t learn much? Owen Barder discusses a new report on education quality in East Africa, written and published (for once) by East Africans.

What can thinktanks (and NGO influencers) learn from the intelligence services?

Want to understand complexity theory? Try organizing a children’s party [h/t Rakesh Rajani]

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  1. Video on How to Organise a Children’s Party is quality. There’s an awful lot of noise about complexity theory in the blogosphere and beyond, much of which doesn’t seem very useful. The last 30 seconds of the video explained complexity theory – and its relevance to institutional development – more clearly than anything else I’ve ever seen. Good stuff. Thanks Duncan and Rakesh!

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