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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Religion and Ethics takes on foreign aid

Bill Easterly is featured on PBS’s Religion and Ethics program airing this week. It’s called “Making Foreign Aid Work,” and here’s an excerpt:

Check the Religion and Ethics site for local viewing times.

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Even more apparently even more not a big fan…

Another post from @transitionland:

Bill Easterly’s cheap, ignorant Afghanistan snark…

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Apparently not a big fan…

Easterly’s pointless echo chamber

Maybe I’m being too harsh on professor Easterly. Wait, no I’m not. He becomes petulant when anyone from a fellow blogger to a large multilateral organization doesn’t immediately respond to his criticisms, yet he often ignores the most knowledgeable and thoughtful of his own critics….

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February 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Written by transitionland

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The Niger Coup

Niger just had a coup.

Has Paul Collier decided yet whether to send in foreign troops?

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Engaging stakeholders to reach MDG on vampire reduction — using wooden stakes

From the blog New Beat

Reaching out to stakeholders in the international arena is now considered crucial to building sustainable development coalitions with timeliness, scale and impact. What has remained unexplored in the field is liaising with stakeholders for a different goal, albeit often with the same means: to use the wooden stakes they hold to end vampire insurrections.

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Some NGOs CAN adjust to Failure: The PlayPumps Story

Back in the 1990s, a billboard advertising executive in South Africa had a very good idea. Spinning on a merry-go-round connected to a water pump, children could generate plentiful, clean water without the time-consuming, hard work of traditional hand pumps.

At the primary schools in South Africa where the first of these merry-go-rounds were installed, kids got a place to play, their communities got free drinking water, and girls and women, who bear much of…

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Adorable child in NGO fund-raising photo sues for royalties

The law firm Klayme, Chaise, & Steele LLC announced today that one of their clients was suing the prominent non-governmental organization (NGO) Care for the Children (CFTC) for unauthorized use of the client’s photo as a child..

The lawyers revealed their client is now a sophomore at a university, but refuses to give his name or home country to protect what is left of his privacy. The client remembers vividly the day he came across…

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Four Ways Brain Drain out of Africa is a good thing

Conventional wisdom frets that the exodus of skilled workers—the brain drain—is bad for African countries. The share of Africans with college degrees who live outside their home countries is certainly high: nearly half of Ghanaians, about 40 percent of Kenyans, and about one-third of Ugandans.

The metaphor of the term itself implies that brain drain is a waste, as if all Africa’s most promising minds were being sucked down some global sink, leaving behind a…

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Lincoln’s Birthday Valentine’s Day Declaration: I ♥ Democracy

Democracy doesn’t attract as much love as it deserves in aid and development circles.

Many wonder if benevolent autocrats might be better for development than messy elections, even though there is no evidence to support benevolent autocracy. There is a strong positive association between democracy and LEVEL of per capita income, which at least some authors argue is causal. (It’s true there is no robust association between democracy and GROWTH of income, but then…

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How Borders bookstore defines “social sciences”

This is a little bit different from how “social sciences” are defined at New York University.

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