Saturday Morning Reading #54

Hello from Victoria Falls! Here’s your Saturday Morning Reading… 1. Why Germany is probably doing more for Syria than the UK | Lee Crawfurd – Roving Bandit Lee Crawfurd runs the numbers on accepting refugees versus aid spending… “The UK is spending somewhere between £200 million and £400 million on Syria this year. For comparison,… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #54

Saturday Morning Reading #53

Here’s your Saturday Morning Reading… 1. Refugee influx a major opportunity for Germany, leading economist says | Kate Connolly – The Guardian “The opportunity is for refugees to not only fill the gap, but as we know every person who finds a job and pays taxes makes a contribution to economic productivity and output. We… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #53

Saturday Morning Reading #52

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Here’s your [day-late-due-to-sand-boarding-fun] Saturday Morning Reading…   1. WorkDev #3: Climbing the career ladder | Maia Gedde – WhyDev Great advice aimed at those who have worked a couple of years in development but need to think about what happens next. Top tips: – Adopt a life-long learning philosophy – Get a mentor. – Don’t… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #52

My big plans for the next year

I left Zanzibar last Friday after two years as an economist in the Zanzibar Planning Commission as part of the ODI Fellowship Scheme. Now everybody is asking me what comes next. The answer, for the next few months at least, is travelling, learning and communicating. Let me explain… I’m in the lucky (privileged) position to… Continue reading My big plans for the next year

Saturday Morning Reading #51

Hello from Namibia. After a long hiatus, here’s your Saturday Morning Reading! 1. People Power – What Progress on Fighting Inequality Would Look Like | Ben Phillips – Global Dashboard “What will progress in the fight against inequality look like? It will look like people power.” 2. Dilemmas over the data movement | Duncan Green –… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #51

Saturday Morning Reading #50

Here’s your (slightly cynical) Saturday Morning Reading… 1. Making International Development Research and Assistance Work | Ken Opalo – An Africanist Perspective I had this thought just the other day – if governments had to actively say yes to any donor project, rather than not say no, national priorities would stand a better chance of being funded… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #50

Saturday Morning Reading #49

Here’s your Saturday morning reading on Wiki Development, principles for doing development education differently, why microfinance isn’t dead, a special report on Nigeria and why Oskar Schindler was the greatest aid worker of all times. 1. Wiki Development – Survey Ever found yourself having to Google multiple sources in order to find out how to do your job in the sector? Wish there was a… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #49

Saturday Morning Reading #48

Here’s your Saturday Morning Reading… 1. Why Technology Hasn’t Delivered More Democracy | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2. Violence against development | 59 minutes of development 3. What future for Development Advocacy? Three Paradoxes and Seven Directions | Paul O’Brien – From Poverty to Power 4. If I ran the innovation zoo | Linda Raftree – Wait… What? 5.a) How NOT to respond to bad press:… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #48

Saturday Morning Reading #47

Here’s your very belated (again) Saturday morning reading… 1. Things to remember as you volunteer or conduct research in a developing country this summer | Ken Opalo – An Africanist Perspective The summer volunteering season is here (judging by the number of people arriving in Zanzibar at least!) Ken’s top advice: Be respectful, work with the grain,… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #47

Saturday Morning Reading #46

Here’s your very belated “Saturday morning” reading (due to an impromptu weekend in Nairobi)… 1. National Development vs Poverty Reduction, in charts | Lee Crawford – Roving Bandit “Projects to increase an individual’s income in developing countries can help people get a better livelihood amongst those available in that country, but they probably aren’t going to change the overall set of opportunities facing… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #46