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 #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 #44

Here’s your (Satur)Sunday morning reading on the Gates Foundation and the SDGs, complexity and development and how to shift the debate on taking care of ourselves as aid workers… 1. Bill, Melinda, and the SDGs | Alex Evans – Global Dashboard The SDGs were reportedly repeatedly ridiculed at a recent Gates Foundation meeting. Alex Evans suggests that this could… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #44

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 #37

Here’s your Saturday morning reading featuring sustainable development goals, volunteering, South Sudan, thinking about development as a process not a project, and farming in Uganda… 1. Sustainable Development Goals a) The 169 commandments | The Economist “Developing countries seem to think that the more goals there are, the more aid money they will receive. They… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #37

Saturday Morning Reading #34

Here’s your Saturday morning reading… 1. The poor within our ranks | Michael Keller – WhyDev Having more aid workers from disadvantaged backgrounds could help reduce alienation ( through understanding what it’s like to come into contact with economic classes above your own), inject a healthy skepticism of external expertise, and increase understanding of beneficiary… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #34