Links I liked

Principled Aid Index: From ODI. The title is very promising. However, the Index is based on the use of proxy indicators that not always very relevant, and more often questionable than they should. Use with care as an instrument. Could it be used for improving our own cooperation? I hope to invite them to have this discussion.

Have Children’s Rights Campaigners lost their Courage?

Form Poverty to Power, the blog managed by Duncan Green of Oxfam, is one of the places to go to think about development. Children’s rights used to be central to much of what Belgium did. Twitterstorms have washed away much of the public support for the foundations itself of this engagement.

Understanding How DFID Makes Decisions – Landscape Report on the Role of Data :

Even at DFID the use of data to make better decisions is often neglected or even absent.  This report focuses on mapping what actually happens in reality, and can inform DGD to look into priorities where the use of data should be feasible, as it was done by others. Programme design, annual review and portfolio strategy could be done with high use of our data systems. Remarkable how higher level learning is less based on data analysis. +

Closing Civic Space: Trends, Drivers and what Donors can do about it

Again From Poverty to Power: the closing civic space. This might be one of the defining issues for the coming years in development. On the space of civil society hinges also the legitimacy for government to government aid, as promotes by the advocates of aid. I mean, the people who push for more aid are those who want more solidarity. They are less enthusiastic about funding autocrats.

Directed Improvisation: The China Model that Other Countries Can Learn From  

The article explaining the governance lessons from the landmark publication “How China escaped the poverty trap” by Yuen Yean Ang. It is valuable to experiment with as an approach to reform governance from within. The article advocates for goal oriented approach, with little micro-management on technical details and being realistic about the capacities: it is the current staff, with the current capacities that will do the trick.

Bill Gates says poverty is decreasing. He couldn’t be more wrong

Now and then there is an article which changes the whole picture of what is the reality. This article, and the subsequent discussion about it in the blogosphere is such an article. Look beyond the readily available numbers, and think about what they really mean.  Do a reality check.

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