The Sunday paper

  • The Climate Catastrophe Trail Leads to Our Doorstep – Believe It | David Wheeler | Global Development: Views from the Center
  • Promises promises: When politicians don’t deliverThe Essential Read Every politician knows that the key to winning elections is to make great promises. Campaigners promise to cure the ills of society including taxes, war, government corruption, and pollution. Instead, if elected, they will bring about vast improvements in education, employment, infrastructure, and the economy. The size of the elected office seems almost correlated with the size of the promise….
  • Why Have Mobile Phones Succeeded Where Other Technologies Have Not?Global Development: Views from the Center By Jenny Aker – A few weeks ago, I was sitting on a panel for a conference on Information and Communications Technology and Development.  The debate on my panel was a lively one, and came down to one issue:  Can information technology (by itself) lead to development?  Obviously there has been a lot of buzz about this topic
  • Succeed in Kindergarten, and You’re Set for LifeAid Watch. Horizontal axis: Kindergarten test scores; Vertical Axis: Earnings of Same Individuals at Ages 25-27 This blog has discussed how ancient history of countries and peoples affects development today. Now a new paper shows that your own ancient history also matters: your scores on Kindergarten tests are a good predictor of your earnings as an adult, along with other good adult outcomes. Raj Chett…
  • QuODA Moving ForwardGlobal Development: Views from the Center. By Rita Perakis – We’ve been getting a lot of feedback on the Quality of ODA (QuODA) assessment.  This post from the Development Policy blog shows how donor agencies can use our web tools to compare themselves against their peers and identify strengths and weaknesses. We hope readers will continue to use QuODA to learn about what constitutes “quality” […]
  • The impact of house demolitions on Palestine suicide bombingChris Blattman. This paper examines whether house demolitions are an effective counterterrorism tactic against suicide terrorism. We link original longitudinal micro-level data on houses demolished by the Israeli…
  • Will the real bottom billion please stand up?Aid Thoughts. Count the poor. They are the ones dressed like Waldo A few years ago, Paul Collier used the term the bottom billion, to describe those living in poor, mostly African countries which had dim prospects for future growth. Thanks to the successful of the titular book, the term became ubiquitous in the development lingo, although it eventually morphed into a descriptor for the poorest billion in th…
  • Voting, misunderstoodSeth’s Blog. This year, fewer than 40% of voting age Americans will actually vote. A serious glitch in self-marketing, I think. If you don’t vote because you’re trying to teach politicians a lesson, you’re…
  • The Illusion Of ExpertiseThe Essential Read. When I was (much) younger, I believed that large multimillion and multibillion dollar companies were engines of discipline, efficiency, organization, and quality. How could they not be and still be as powerful and successful as they were? Then I went to work for one. And then I married someone who went to work for an even bigger one. And we discovered together that most businesses, in fact, suc…
  • Professional!Tales From the Hood. Required Background Reading: 1) New York Times online edition article by Nicholas Kristof, entitled “D.I.Y. Foreign Aid Revolution.” 2) Foreign Policy online response by Dave Algoso entitled “Don’t…
  • Postscript to “How Useful is Humanitarian Crowdsourcing”humanitarian.info. My article on crowdsourcing in emergencies, published on MobileActive last week, received a good number of intelligent comments. I’d like to thank all the commenters, who all raised valuable points that filled in gaps in my critique and helped to focus my thinking. My only regret is that nobody from Ushahidi had the time or […]
  • It Is Not Too Late: Preparing for Asia’s Next Big Earthquake

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