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 #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 #31

Here’s your Saturday Morning Reading… 1. CV mistakes: how to lose a job in development before you press send | Rachel Banning-Lover – Global Development Professionals Network Mostly obvious advice (e.g.Don’t cut and paste cover letters to different organisations) – but sometimes we need to hear obvious advice! “The worst cover letter I ever received was… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #31

Mega Sunday Morning Reading

This is a bumper late edition of Saturday Morning Reading because I was lucky enough to be away the last couple of weekends in Rwanda and Uganda. Normal service will resume next week (then be cut off again when parents come to town the next week!) 1. Working In Aid Without Volunteering | Development Intern… Continue reading Mega Sunday Morning Reading

Saturday Morning Reading #21

Here’s your Saturday Morning(ish)* Reading… 1. Aid Work: Very Human Endeavour | Waylaid Dialectic Terence comments on the ‘Advice for Aspiring Humanitarian Workers’ list that WhyDev put together (see last week). “At a more meta-level the list illustrates well one of the grim truths of aid work, that it is a human endeavour, and so is… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #21

Saturday Morning Reading #16

Here’s your Saturday morning reading… 1. The Case for Democracy a) Democracy, What Is It Good For? | Why Nations Fail –  Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson “Our results from the two papers combined thus suggest an intriguing pattern: contrary to what many have presumed, democracy doesn’t have a huge effect on inequality. But also contrary… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #16

Saturday Morning Reading #13

It’s a slightly rushed post this weekend due to a lot of work this week and (more so) because I am currently away in Moshi for a Rotary Club Intercity conference. I’m currently checking out Mt. Kilimanjaro and there’s a stork just behind me! In any case, here’s your Saturday morning reading: 1. The Great… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #13

Saturday Morning Reading #8

Here’s your (bumper edition of) Saturday morning reading… 1) Why foreign aid fails by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson Ignore the politically convenient (for The Spectator) headline. The article admits that aid can do a lot of good, but suggests that changing extractive institutions takes more than aid, suggesting a great role for diplomacy. One… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #8

Saturday Morning Reading #5

Here’s your (early) Saturday morning reading (scuba in the morning!) featuring wishes for 2014, drugs, inequality and South Sudan: 1) Nancy Birdsall, President of CGD, gives her crowdsourced top ten wishes for development policy in 2014 including tobacco control, tropical forests and antibiotics 2) Related to the above, Duncan Green highlights the new generation of… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #5