Learning to Do Development Differently

I was immediately a fan of the Doing Development Differently (DDD) manifesto. It was launched in 2014 while I was an ODI Fellow in Zanzibar. I recognised that “too many development initiatives have limited impact” and fail to address the complexity of their context. I saw this all around me: well-meaning and talented outsiders arriving… Continue reading Learning to Do Development Differently

How Change Happens (and how you can be part of it)

If you pick this book up hoping to be told that anyone can change the world as long as they believe in themselves, you’re about to get a reality check. Duncan Green does not shy away from difficult questions and uncomfortable answers, and this is what makes How Change Happens all the more valuable. How… Continue reading How Change Happens (and how you can be part of it)

Saturday Morning Reading #55

It seems like everyone’s thinking about change – if only a certain prominent development blogger had a book coming out on that subject. (I’m currently reading it – review coming soon). I hope you enjoy the articles as much as I did and get inspired. Without further ado, here is your Saturday Morning Reading… 1.… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #55

‘Links I Liked’ that I Like

It has been a while since I’ve compiled a week’s development blog reading into a “Saturday Morning Reading“, so I’d like to share a few alternative links reviews. Blogs I follow these blogs, and around a hundred others, using an RSS Reader called Feedly. I find that it keeps things well-organised, presents articles nicely and… Continue reading ‘Links I Liked’ that I Like

Brexit and International Development: A Round-Up

How do you solve a problem like Brexit? There is no shortage of analysis on the fall-out of the EU Referendum on June 23rd, some of it looking at how it could affect international development. (Particular kudos to the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Center for Global Development (CGD) for being so quick off the… Continue reading Brexit and International Development: A Round-Up

Zanzibar’s Best Data

Update October 2017: A lot of links that were on this page were broken when the Office of the Chief Government Statistician (OCGS) changed their website. It’s not the most user-friendly of sites but I’ve trawled through it and tried to replace the links where possible and add a few new ones. There are also… Continue reading Zanzibar’s Best Data

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

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