Monthly Archives: March 2011

Weekly round-up: good governance and democratization

Here is an article arguing that formal democracy (in the sense of elections) is not enough to guarantee human rights for all. The events in Middle East and North Africa (MENA in World Bank terminology) have also (again) triggered a … Continue reading

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China’s African investments: Who benefits?

This article discusses China’s role in promoting good governance in several African Countries. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/chinas-african-investments-who-benefits/2011/03/28/AF8G7mqB_story.html

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Update: RCTs, 2015

Just to prove that RCT’s are a “hot topic” here is another recent link on the debate surrounding them (thanks, Whitney). And here is an interesting take on “cognitive biases” and the dangers of presenting weak evidence: Experiments by Brown … Continue reading

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Weekly round-up: aid effectiveness 2

The issue of “focus on results” or “value for money” is being hotly debated in the context of the UK’s aid reform. It is worth remembering that the key difference between “results”- and “relationships”-based approaches to aid lies in their … Continue reading

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Weekly round-up – aid effectiveness (efficiency) and more

Since we have talked at length about making more aid information publicly available, it is worth noting that aid transparency – and government transparency more broadly – is currently a quite hot topic, with dedicated websites, platforms, campaigns, blogs and … Continue reading

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Weekly round-up – Private Actors

Shotgun Shack has an entire series about the intersection/ cooperation between the corporate and the development world. The most famous philanthropists (philanthrocapitalists?)  right now, Bill and Melinda Gates make an impassionate argument about eradicating polio and convincing people to give … Continue reading

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