Links I Liked

A Monday morning time waste kit – highlights from last week’s @fp2p twitter feed: According to SIPRI, Africa’s arms spending grew 8.3% in last year – the fastest regional arms race in the world  Top polemic from Owen Barder. If the world was one country, global institutions would make it a failed state. Ben Ramalingam loves the […]

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How the Other Half Farms: Important new book on Gender in Agriculture

This guest post is from Dennis Avilés (right), Oxfam’s Sustainable Agriculture and Gender Advisor Trying to explain why half of the world’s farmers are systematically underperforming can be elusive. However, the recently published “Gender in Agriculture. Closing the knowledge gap” by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has just done that. The book is a […]

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If you read one paper on the post-2015 process, make it this one

The SDGs/post 2015 debate just got interesting. Regular readers of this blog will know that up to now I have been a convinced sceptic on the post-2015 circus (see this 2012 paper on why). But now the endless attempt to hang more/fewer development baubles on the SDG Christmas Tree is coming to an end, and we […]

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Measuring the difficult stuff (empowerment, resilience) and learning from the results; where has Oxfam got to?

I’m not generally a big fan of measurement fetishism (too crude, too blind to complexity and systems thinking). When I used to (mis)manage the Oxfam research team and wanted a few thousand quid for some research grant, I had to list numbers of beneficiaries (men and women). As research is a global public good, I […]

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People Power: what do we know about empowered citizens and development?

This is a short piece written for UNDP, which is organizing my Kapuscinski lecture in Malta on Wednesday (4pm GMT, webcast live) Power is intangible, but crucial; a subtle and pervasive force field connecting individuals, communities and nations in a constant process of negotiation, contestation and change. Development is, at its heart, about the redistribution […]

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Links I Liked

Tried to stay abreast of the twitter stream while in Australia last week (back in UK now). Here’s some of the best links Squid ink infused black burger, tomato ice cream and other weird flavour combos from around the world, [h/t Chris Blatmann] The repeated “success, scale, fail” experience of aid magic bullets (playpumps etc) […]

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