So What do I take Away from The Great Evidence Debate? Final thoughts (for now)

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Theory's fine, but what about practice? Oxfam's MEL chief on the evidence agenda

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Theory’s fine, but what about practice? Oxfam’s MEL chief on the evidence agenda

Two Oxfam responses to the evidence debate. First Jennie Richmond, (right) our results czarina (aka Head of Programme Performance and Accountability) wonders what it all means in for the daily grind of NGO MEL (monitoring, evaluation and learning). Tomorrow I attempt to wrap up. The results wonkwar of last week was compelling intellectual ping-pong. The […]

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Why do some (better) alternatives to GDP get picked up, while others sink without trace? Useful new study on political economy of indicators.

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What have we learned about crisis/fragile states? Findings of a 5 year research programme.

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‘Technology Justice’ – what does it mean for how NGOs think about new and old tech in development? And would you like a job working on it?

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Jobs for wonks: three new openings at Oxfam

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Arab Spring v Muslim Tigers: what's the connection between human development and revolution?

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Arab Spring v Muslim Tigers: what’s the connection between human development and revolution?

Just before the Arab Spring kicked off in early 2011, I was happily linking to some really interesting work by Dani Rodrik (one of my development heroes) on ‘muslim tigers’, pointing out that in terms of human development, the top 10 performers since 1970 were not the usual suspects (East Asia, Nordics) but Muslim countries […]

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What do 6,000 people on the receiving end of aid think of the system? Important new book

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