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)

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

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 #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 #43

Here’s your Saturday morning reading (because you need to read something that isn’t about the election). This week’s edition features the future of (beyond) aid, the data revolution, an attack on advocacy, shock tactics in NGO messaging, how to make it easier to give effectively and some answers to why the number of poor people… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #43

Saturday Morning Reading #42 (Belated and short)

Here’s your (very brief) Saturday morning reading… 1. The Economic Revolution Will Be Gendered | Hewlett Foundation 2. Burundi on the Brink – NYTimes.com 3. Nepal earthquake: tough decisions in the face of disaster – Save the Children UK 4. How can grassroots aid programmes influence the wider system? | Erinch Sahan – From Poverty to Power

Saturday Morning Reading #41

Time for #41. Here’s your Saturday morning reading, in which we learn how we can challenge the power of the few, make realistic promises, have nuanced stories that put the poor as the protagonists, make grand ethical theories about the shamefulness of barriers to migration and then get screwed over by Katie Hopkins. 1. How can… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #41

Saturday Morning Reading #40

Here’s your Saturday morning reading featuring development reformers, change on a biblical scale, sexual harassment in Bangladesh, engaging with Nigel Farage, a cartoon on plunder in South Sudan, empowering people to advocate for themselves and resettling Syrian refugees… The mistakes made by most development reformers | Chris Blattman This, along with the interview with Dani… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #40

Saturday Morning Reading #39

Here’s your Saturday morning reading in which we learn from religion, work with politicians, save the world with businesses, ask big questions about big data, not the absence of migration in the SDGs and defend the proposed development goals. What the climate movement must learn from religion | George Marshall | Comment is free | The Guardian… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #39

Saturday Morning Reading #38

Here’s your Saturday morning reading featuring development consultants, learning from the bad guys and from mistakes, distortions in humanitarian assistance and doing things right before you try to do them quickly. 1. Development Consultants: Over-paid, Over-rated, and Over-used | AID LEAP “Funders also often allow organisations to count consultants as a programme cost, while full… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #38