Best blog awards; Dodd-Frank and Africa; India miscellany – high tech, low tech and anti-corruption; creme that egg: links I liked

Aid Bloggers’ Best Awards (how contorted an acronym is that?) are now open, asking for suggestions in about a dozen different categories – closing date is 27 Jan, so get stuck in. And while we are navel-gazing, here are last year’s ABBA winner Chris Blattman’s ten steps to better blogging – nothing revelatory, but useful Todd Moss summarizes the good and bad bits for Africa of the US Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation India miscellany: The Economist hails the efficiency of India’s ‘unique identity’ (UID) biometric scheme, which this month enrols its 200 millionth member, starting from zero a year ago. Interestingly, the selling point a more efficient (and less corrupt) welfare and benefits system, rather than security.

Whatever happened to India’s anti-corruption movement? Not going well, says Milan Vaishnav. http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2012/01/fast-or-farce-whither-indias-anti-corruption-movement.php Priti Patnaik reckons social audits could be the answer http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/jan/13/india-social-audits-fight-corruption
“Women fled at the sight of me; people used to call me mental and wondered if I had weird diseases,” he recalls. “I was even suspected of being possessed by a bad spirit. No one used to come near me during full moons because of that. I had to meet what friends I had in secret.” It’s hard being an entrepreneur sometimes, especially if you’re an Indian man trying to invent a way to make low cost sanitary towels. But Arunachalam Muruganantham got there in the end http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jan/22/sanitary-towels-india-cheap-manufacture
Aakash – Indian Ipads at £35 ($50) a pop. Not that’s frugal technology. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jan/12/indian-computer-tablet-aakash-internet
Nominations for the ABBAs – Aid Bloggers’ Best Awards (how contorted an acronym is that?) are now open, asking for suggestions in about a dozen different categories – closing date is 27 Jan, so get stuck in http://www.aviewfromthecave.com/2012/01/2011-aid-bloggers-best-awards.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AViewFromTheCave+%28A+View+From+The+Cave%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
What’s happening to India’s anti-corruption movement? Not going well, says Milan Vaishnav. Priti Patnaik reckons social audits could be the answer. “Women fled at the sight of me; people used to call me mental and wondered if I had weird diseases,” he recalls. “I was even suspected of being possessed by a bad spirit. No one used to come near me during full moons because of that. I had to meet what friends I had in secret.” It’s hard being an entrepreneur sometimes, especially if you’re an Indian man trying to invent a way to make low cost sanitary towels. But Arunachalam Muruganantham got there in the end (and his wife and mother even came home). At the other end of the tech spectrum, there’s Aakash – Indian IPads at £35 ($50) a pop. Now that’s frugal technology. And this has nothing to do with development (unless you see it as a horribly apposite metaphor for much of our work…..), but check out Rube Goldberg’s Creme That Egg? New York Times piece about the artist (plus more videos) here. [h/t John Magrath] ]]>

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3 Responses to “Best blog awards; Dodd-Frank and Africa; India miscellany – high tech, low tech and anti-corruption; creme that egg: links I liked”
  1. Jon

    Hi Duncan
    I think there’s some kind of bug in your blog – the last few posts have been getting all scrambled up on Google Reader, all the text overlain on the left in a thick black smudge. (I deleted it and re-subscribed but it didn’t help.)
    Cheers, Jon

  2. Tom

    Thanks for the shoutout about the ABBAs. I had to find some way to make the name reflect the seriousness of the contest!
    Also, I too am having the same problem as Jon with my RSS feed for FP2P.
    Best,
    Tom