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)

‘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

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 #35

Here’s your Saturday morning reading, featuring a bit of everything – volunteering attacked and defended, reflective answers from J., a handbook for revolutionaries (NOT by Russell Brand), girls’ empowerment and mobiles, mental health and how China’s rise is making it harder for others.   1. a) Voluntary Service: the best method for creating new aid… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #35

Saturday Morning Reading #32

Here’s your Saturday morning reading… 1. If annoying, talking down to or ‘othering’ people is a terrible way to influence them, why do we keep doing it? (research edition) | Duncan Green – From Poverty to Power “Alienating your audience to this degree is a pretty terrible way to influence anyone […] I found it… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #32

Saturday Morning Reading #18

After last week’s hiatus due to travel, here’s your Saturday morning reading… 1. Duncan Green and Angus Deaton debate aid | From Politics to Power Part 1: Why Angus Deaton is (mostly) wrong to attack aid for undermining politics and accountability “Before taking an axe to the aid budget, I would say the burden of proof… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #18

Saturday Morning Reading #17

Here’s your Saturday morning reading… 1. Where everyone in the world is migrating—in one gorgeous chart | Quartz – Nick Stockton Because charts are cool. “A few other noteworthy results: 1) The largest regional migration is from Southeast Asia to the Middle East. This is largely driven by the huge, oil-driven, construction booms happening on the Arabian Peninsula. 2)… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #17

Saturday Morning Reading #14

Here’s your Saturday Morning Reading: 1) From Poverty to Power Special Edition! Duncan Green has been annoyingly good this week so features FOUR times: i) How can advocacy NGOs become more innovative? Your thoughts please. Possible answers: be more like Google by stealing more ideas, having more spin offs, having a form of 20% time and… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #14

Saturday Morning Reading #11

Here’s your (deep-thinking) Saturday morning reading: 1) Big bloggers asking big questions Part 1) Is ‘the Struggle’ the Baby or the Bathwater? Owen Barder on why “struggle” is a key part of development: “Typically aid aims in some way to diminish the struggle, or ideally to bypass it altogether. But if the struggle is necessary,… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #11