Intern wanted; Owen Barder, Elinor Ostrom and a falling cat on change, complexity and development; rapid welfare states in China and Mexico; Tyler's evil exam question: links I liked

an intern to work with me to launch the 2nd edition of From Poverty to Power. Despite last week’s rant, I’m usually quite friendly, honest….. Owen Barder introduces development in text and online, through a one hour presentation, starting with THAT toaster (right)Toaster project 1 ‘Colonial powers assumed we have the answers, and destroyed social capital. Aid agencies, unfortunately, do much the same thing.’ From Ben Ramalingam’s interview on complexity and development with the late Elinor Ostrom Some astonishingly fast progress on building welfare states in emerging economies. China has enrolled 240m people into its rural pension scheme in the last 2 years. National coverage is now up from 30% in 2009 to 55%. And Mexico has achieved universal health coverage by enrolling 52.6m people in less than a decade . Doesn’t say anything about quality of course, but still…. Nightmare (but brilliant) exam question from Tyler Cowen Theories of change slot. Here’s a low budget video of me discussing ToCs with Simon Batchelor after that workshop I blogged on recently. But this is much better: two students giving a class on theories of change, and a cat falls through the ceiling on top of them. Hope they were doing complexity and non-linearity….. Best wonky twitter comment from Brett Keller – ‘would be so much better if it were a lesson on quantum mechanics!!’ (geddit? Schrodinger’s cat – keep up!) [h/t Global Voices] I’m off kissing the air (mwah mwah) at the Edinburgh Festival this week, but I’ve stacked up a few guest blogs to keep you busy. Just don’t expect me to reply to comments.]]>

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2 Responses to “Intern wanted; Owen Barder, Elinor Ostrom and a falling cat on change, complexity and development; rapid welfare states in China and Mexico; Tyler's evil exam question: links I liked”
  1. Catherine

    A professional culture based on unpaid interns is one based on wealth not merit. As only those of means can afford to work for free. Is that how the development industry should be? Is it consistent with Oxfam’s laudable commitment to social justice?

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