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North Korea's leader will not last long, says Kim Jong-un's brother

North Korea's leader will not last long, says Kim Jong-un's brother | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Kim Jong-nam, eldest son of Kim Jong-il, describes succession as 'a joke' and predicts the regime will collapse in new book...

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Imaging famine: How critique can help | David Campbell

Imaging famine: How critique can help | David Campbell | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

What is the point of critique, and how can it help produce better visual stories? 

 

According to Jonathan Jones (writing in the Guardian on 22 July) all the sophisticated critiques of photojournalism are pointless when it comes to picturing famine...

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West Africa oil boom overlooks tattered environmental safety net - iWatch News

West Africa oil boom overlooks tattered environmental safety net - iWatch News | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Located along Africa’s Atlantic Coast, Ghana is slipping down the same unregulated slope as other countries that hug the Gulf of Guinea: Promises of economic development along with a lure of easy money have prompted governments to encourage the rapid growth of an industry in a regulatory vacuum.

 

The oil industry, in effect, is left to monitor itself.

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Les défis de l'urbanisation mondiale - Intervention de Thierry Melot, architecte urbaniste

Les défis de l'urbanisation mondiale - Intervention de Thierry Melot, architecte urbaniste | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Depuis la fin de l’ère des chasseurs‐cueilleurs, et dès l’aube des sédentarisations agricoles, c’est la ville qui concentre et exprime l’essence des civilisations humaines, en constitue le grand livre, en autorise le déchiffrage.

 

Il y a donc lieu de se poser trois questions, dont dépend une partie de l’avenir de l’homme :

1. Le creuset de nos propres mutations, la ville, est‐il capable de continuer à jouer ce rôle, c’est‐à‐dire à la fois de faire muter l’humanité vers un avenir en train de s’écrire, et d’en constituer le lieu d’un épanouissement soutenable ?
2. Consacrons‐nous à son élaboration, l’organisation, l’intelligence, les structures, les moyens, les laboratoires qui vont nous permettre de franchir cette étape, celle du facteur de croissance 10, qui n’est pas un peut‐être, mais une certitude, inscrite dans le train en marche de la démographie mondiale et de la mondialisation économique ?
3. Quel nouveau contrat social faut‐il concevoir, entre la ville, l’entreprise et l’agriculteur pour que ce dernier devienne un partenaire du développement durable et non plus un laissé pour compte de l’expansion économique ?

 

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The elephant hasn’t left the room: Racism, power & international aid

The elephant hasn’t left the room: Racism, power & international aid | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Discrimination is rife in the aid industry. I don’t think that many people would refute the lack of local staff in positions of decision-making power in international NGOs, nor the grantmaker/grantseeker power imbalance in philanthropy.
But is this a problem or is it just the inevitable?

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Development That Works: OPIC Earns Money for the Treasury While Funding Development Throughout the World

Development That Works: OPIC Earns Money for the Treasury While Funding Development Throughout the World | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The U.S. Government's development finance institution is the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. OPIC builds upon a known commodity -- our entrepreneurial spirit -- and puts it at the center of our outreach to the developing world.

 

OPIC is above-all an organization dedicated to free markets, and it has become one of America's most agile foreign policy instruments. It enhances U.S. foreign policy by bringing American for-profit investment into the riskiest regions and proving that for-profit American style development works.

 

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation provides loans, loan guarantees, political risk insurance and support for investment funds to Americans who invest in strife-ridden countries. OPIC helps extend the free market via a commercial enterprise, and they do it all while making money for the U.S. Taxpayer.

I am grateful to serve on the OPIC Board of Directors, and want to explain a few ways that OPIC works.....

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'In 10 years' time, Ghana may not require any aid at all'

'In 10 years' time, Ghana may not require any aid at all' | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Ghana is one of Africa's great successes – a stable and thriving country that is testament to the impact of aid.

Via Rafael Monterde Díaz
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An Opportunity in Myanmar

An Opportunity in Myanmar | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

After decades of isolation imposed by major OECD countries out of concern over human rights violations, Myanmar has emerged as a new darling of the West.

 

One hopes that the about-face of Western powers is a genuine commitment to supporting peace and democratic reforms. But one fears that in reality the change of position is driven as much by the awareness that China, Thailand, Singapore, and India have been benefiting from the abundant natural resources of Myanmar—natural gas, hydropower potential, gemstones, real estate for industrial production zones or tourism, and the country's geostrategic position with access to the Indian Ocean—while businesses in the United States and Europe were missing out on very lucrative deals and investment opportunities...

 

Yet as a country endowed with valuable resources, Myanmar has the means to use its policy space to innovate....

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The midlife crisis of NGOs

The midlife crisis of NGOs | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

It’s a midlife crisis. This conclusion about the current condition of the NGOs strikes my mind after reading the think-piece by Michael Edwards for the debate on the future role of NGOs. Just look at the symptoms mentioned: i) a crisis of identity, with a perceived gap between what one wants to be and what one is (thick problems and thin solutions), and ii) the existential questions about the meaning of life: what have I achieved, will I ever be able to achieve anything at all?

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Let’s not look for the Holy Grail

Let’s not look for the Holy Grail | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

We have to abandon the idea that there can be one umbrella concept that covers our work (... ) It is clear that addressing poverty in India is completely different than addressing it in post-conflict South Sudan, violence-ridden Honduras or Bangladesh.

 

Development NGOs can no longer pretend to fight ‘poverty’ in a generic way, as if the same intervention strategy is applicable in today’s different poverty realities. (...) Although development NGOs are looking for a new answer in a time of identity crisis, they will discover that there is not a single new answer but several. There is no holy grail that will buttress NGOs’ future development work.

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Why Development Aid is Not Enough - Project Syndicate

Why Development Aid is Not Enough - Project Syndicate | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

But the most important of all financial flows are the illicit funds that pour out of so many developing countries, which the Tax Justice Network estimates to be around ten times the development aid that they receive....

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Outflows, Not Aid, Must Be Curtailed to Fight Poverty - Huffington Post (blog)

Outflows, Not Aid, Must Be Curtailed to Fight Poverty - Huffington Post (blog) | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Outflows, Not Aid, Must Be Curtailed to Fight PovertyHuffington Post (blog)Indeed, a prime example of this non-connection is China, which suffered illicit outflows of $291 billion in 2009 -- several times more than any other nation -- while only...
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Global health cooperation: what is next?

Global health cooperation: what is next? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Our main question for the post-Busan era is whether there is a continued energy from development partners to be persistent in the implementation of aid effectiveness in health....

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INGOs must make tough choices

INGOs must make tough choices | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

To meet growing calls for tangible results INGOs have been forced to adopt managerialist practices. Managerialism, however, is incompatible with the principles of INGOs. To prevent becoming ‘schizophrenic’ and lose their credibility, INGOs have to make tough choices that will profoundly affect their identity, funding base and future relevance....

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Why Aid is Harmful for Somalia | RBC Radio

Instead of building lasting infrastructures and capacitated development, aid beneficiaries simply get funded through detested doors. And by prospecting on corruption opportunities behind our backs, almost every person ...
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Birmanie: enfin l'ouverture ?

Olivier Guillard, directeur de recherche à l’IRIS répond à nos questions :

 

Quels étaient les enjeux de la rencontre du 15 janvier entre Aung San Suu Kyi et le Ministre français des Affaires étrangères, Alain Juppé ?
Comment interpréter l’ouverture du régime birman depuis une petite année maintenant ? Pensez-vous que celle-ci soit réversible ?
Qu’attendre des élections du mois d’avril ? Quelle est la stratégie de l’opposition ?

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INTERVIEW SPECIAL: Secretary General on aid effectiveness in ACP countries, North-South relations and South-South cooperation | ACP

INTERVIEW SPECIAL: Secretary General on aid effectiveness in ACP countries, North-South relations and South-South cooperation | ACP | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

World leaders and decision makers gathered in Busan, South Korea last month for the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness . More than 2000 delegates reviewed whether global development aid is meeting its aims of growing economies and easing poverty, and discussed how to set a new agenda for aid. ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas talked to Vice Versa magazine's Selma Zijlstra about the conference.

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Bureaucracy kills democracy

Bureaucracy kills democracy | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
"As long as states represent the highest form of political authority, it will be impossible to channel human self-interest toward common solutions." This is stated by Rob Annandale, a Vancouver-based journalist and contributor to the Guardian and...
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Vers un retour en force des frontières sur le web ?

Vers un retour en force des frontières sur le web ? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

En dépit de la bulle internet, l’espace virtuel n’a cessé de s’agrandir et d’intensifier ses liaisons. Cette croissance remarquable s’est accomplie grâce notamment aux entreprises qui ont proposé des technologies et des offres attractives pour faire d’Internet un complément quasi indispensable à la vie quotidienne de millions de personnes.

 

Ces dernières, bercées par l’illusion de la gratuité de nombreux services, ont intégré l’idée que tout était possible sur cet espace virtuel, et que les limites étatiques, économiques et culturelles que nous connaissons dans la vraie vie disparaissaient.

Or, il n’en est rien.....

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13 predictions for global aid hiring in 2012 from Devex - Global Notes

13 predictions for global aid hiring in 2012 from Devex - Global Notes | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Here's some good news: Despite widespread concerns about aid funding trends, turnover and hiring remain high. Most hiring managers seem to be gearing up for a busy year. For job seekers, that means lots of opportunities for professional development.

 

Here are 13 predictions and things to keep in mind about international development hiring in 2012:....

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INGOs and Communities - agents of change

INGOs and Communities - agents of change | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The big advantage of international NGOs (INGOs) I believe is their ability to facilitate, multiply and sustain positive change for communities who are marginalised in society....

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£2m of aid budget goes to consultants: Ministers 'wasting cash' meant to help Third World

£2m of aid budget goes to consultants: Ministers 'wasting cash' meant to help Third World | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Rather than ensuring as much money as possible goes towards alleviating Third World poverty, ministers have lavished cash on management, legal and IT consultants.

 

Critics lambasted ministers for wasting so much on exorbitant rates charged by consultancy firms at a time of austerity.

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Transparency in South-South Cooperation - The First Tranche ...

Transparency in South-South Cooperation - The First Tranche ... | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Transparency would, of course, give the Chávez administration an opportunity to counter its critics. It would also help the research community better understand the rapidly evolving paradigm of South-South development cooperation...

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L’accès à Internet : un droit humain ou pas ?

L’accès à Internet : un droit humain ou pas ? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Quand j’ai lu, le printemps dernier que l’accès à Internet entrerait désormais dans la catégorie des droits humains, je ne suis pas posé de questions outre-mesure...

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INGOs in a changed world order

INGOs in a changed world order | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The future of international NGOs depends on what the post-western world will look like in ten years from now. The nature of the post-western world is likely to challenge the legitimacy, funding and effectiveness of INGOs generally and particularly of those from the West...

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