Links I Liked

Social Wealth Funds, publicly owned, that pursue social good & reduce (rather than exacerbate) inequality. A smart proposal from Stewart Lansley

Talking of wealth, you can always rely on the FT magazine’s ‘How to Spend It’ column to answer the really

Damen Sea Axe yacht support vessel, from €16m, with Amels superyacht | Image: AMELS
Damen Sea Axe yacht support vessel, from €16m, with Amels superyacht | Image: AMELS

pressing questions of the age: ‘when your superyacht is too small, you are no longer expected to buy a bigger one. Instead, you just get another one. Your second yacht carries all the toys and tenders, helicopters and submarines, extra staff and spare crew that clutter up the mother ship and get in the way of the guests.’ h/t the tragically yachtless Max Lawson

Nice overview of the hugely hyped Brac graduation scheme, which seems well on its way to magic bullet status. Can a microfinance-style takedown be far behind? Apparently not.

Five questions we should be asking about impact of UK aid. Measured response from Oxfam’s Mark Goldring (full disclosure: he’s my boss) on DFID’s recent series of aid reviews

Why Lord of the Flies is the perfect 2016 Christmas gift for 2016. This makes me want to reread

And the results are in for the best and worst charity videos of 2016, aka (respectively) the golden radiator and rusty radiator awards. The Guardian shows the 3 best and 3 worst with commentary. By popular vote, this is the worst of the lot, edging out other shockers from Save the Children Netherlands and World Vision Australia. Step forward Compassion International for the catwalk of shame.

and this is how to get it totally, wonderfully right. The winner, from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and props to the other finalists, Plan International UK and Amnesty Poland.


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One Response to “Links I Liked”
  1. Asif Dowla

    I don’t agree that the TUP program is a hype. It works. The issue is cost effectiveness and scalability. Most of the pilot projects including the one by BRAC are completely or partially donor funded.

    I doubt the likelihood of a microfinance type takedown soon. Because the people who did the alleged microfinance takedown are directly involved in replicating and evaluating the programs. I doubt if they are willing to label their baby as a tar baby.

    I am not sure the takedown had any impact on microfinance. It is alive and well and in expanding rapidly at least South Asia. Like the post-truth politics, we have entered post-RCT era as far as microfinance is concerned.