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Aid and the private sector: a love story

Aid and the private sector: a love story | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Oxfam private sector adviser Erinch Sahan (right) summarizes a critical new review of the growing interlinkages between aid and the private sector

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Money may be tight, but 'smart aid' to developing countries can really work

Money may be tight, but 'smart aid' to developing countries can really work | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Far from creating dependency, strategic assistance from the west can help developing countries to help themselves

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Delivering the promise of public health genomics

Delivering the promise of public health genomics | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Jane Parry investigates whether genomics can help developing countries face their growing burden of disease

 

Even though genomics could be of a great help, for instances in order to identify risk factors for multiple diseases, developing countries face many barriers to their adoption (financial, legal, political). In addition, poor governance raises ethical, trust and confidentiality issues. 

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Ensuring small holders aren't squeezed out of agricultural investments

Ensuring small holders aren't squeezed out of agricultural investments | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Tipping the Balance, a new joint research report from Oxfam and the IIED has discovered that current popular policies can tip the balance away from small farmers. How can we ensure small holder farmers get a better deal?

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'Let girls be girls'

'Let girls be girls' | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Christy Turlington Burns, an American model and advocate for maternal health with Every Mother Counts, says the most vulnerable mothers are adolescent girls. Talking about child and forced marriage at the Trust Women conference, she says: 'If we can get girls to be girls as long as possible, then we can delay early marriage and first pregnancies and a lot of the ongoing health implications of those practices'. She believes the MDGs were incredibly powerful, but wants any post-2015 targets to have more focus on teenage girls

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Violence is a serious cause of poverty, the UN needs to address this

Violence is a serious cause of poverty, the UN needs to address this | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The global community must follow Guatemala's lead and fight the use of violence against the vulnerable

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Getting projects evaluation right: a five point plan

Getting projects evaluation right: a five point plan | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Final (for now) evaluationtastic installment on Oxfam’s attempts to do public warts-and-all evaluations of randomly selected projects. This commentary comes from Dr Jyotsna Puri, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)


"Oxfam’s emphasis on quality evaluations is a step in the right direction. Implementing agencies rarely make an impassioned plea for evidence and rigor in their evidence collection, and worse, they hardly ever publish negative evaluations. The internal wrangling and pressure to not publish these must have been so high

 

What can an organization do to answer questions I (and it) have and not wring its (collective) hands regretfully later? Here’s my five point list for what all NGOs should think about before setting up an M&E system (or even after setting it up). It’s operational (I have put one into place), it’s not easy, but it has the potential to quieten most detractors (and people like me)..."

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Should Palestinians boycott international aid?

Should Palestinians boycott international aid? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Aid-funded development in Palestine hasn't worked, as millions continue to suffer despite billions of dollars being spent. It's time for Palestinians to assert themselves and take control

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Why tourists should be buying from children on the streets | whydev.org

Why tourists should be buying from children on the streets | whydev.org | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
After reading about all of the problems associated with child labour, I stopped buying things from kids for the symbolism, refusing to support these horrible adults’ acts.

 

But my friend’s comment got me to start thinking about the effects of my imposing morality. Even if I don’t buy, and continue to theoretically oppose child labor, it still continues and the kid remains sad and hungry. If I buy, maybe they’ll have some food to eat, maybe to go to school. Then again, maybe it will go to their alcoholic father.

 

I do not claim to know the solution, but the right answer is much grayer than many of us recognise. I do think it’s important that we think about each situation on a case-by-case basis, using our best judgment. What is most important is that we think about it, instead of immediately imposing our aid worker ideals on irrelevant situations....

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Where Did All the Poor People Go?

While the economies of most rich nations have stagnated, many countries – which for decades had been classified as low income and regarded as chronically poor – have experience sustained growth and graduated into middle income status. This is overall a good news story. The bad news is that the emergence of new middle income states has also resulted in a growing disconnect between where international development assistance is focused and where it’s needed.

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'Dynamic' UK aid programme faces challenges

'Dynamic' UK aid programme faces challenges | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Aid watchdog ICAI praises innovation in Pakistan but warns DfID over shortcomings in maternal health and humanitarian projects

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Treating food like stocks and shares is a recipe for disaster

Treating food like stocks and shares is a recipe for disaster | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Allowing financiers to gamble with food commodities distorts the market and is a real threat to the world's poor

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Visite de François Hollande en Afrique : quel bilan ?

Visite de François Hollande en Afrique : quel bilan ? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Réponse de Pierre Jacquemot, chercheur associé à l’IRIS

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The New Mercantilist Challenge

The New Mercantilist Challenge | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Today, mercantilism is typically dismissed as an archaic and blatantly erroneous set of ideas about economic policy.

 

Neverthwless, the liberal model has become severely tarnished, owing to the rise in inequality and the plight of the middle class in the West, together with the financial crisis that deregulation spawned. Medium-term growth prospects for the American and European economies range from moderate to bleak. Unemployment will remain a major headache and preoccupation for policymakers. So mercantilist pressures will likely intensify in the advanced countries.

 

As a result, the new economic environment will produce more tension than accommodation between countries pursuing liberal and mercantilist paths. It may also reignite long-dormant debates about the type of capitalism that produces the greatest prosperity.

 

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13 thoughts for aid in 2013 - Peace and Collaborative Development ...

13 thoughts for aid in 2013 - Peace and Collaborative Development ... | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

As I was sitting in a year-end retreat, I started jotting down this list of things that the development aid world could use more of in 2013...

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According to me, the most interesting points in this list are:

(3) Expert facilitators who can translate between people speaking different languages, e.g. economists and activists, presidents and community leaders, poets and scientists, to ensure fruitful dialogue rather than diatribes

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(8) People who specialize in working across disciplines and sectors, specialists in generating connections that would not typically come about.

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Children labour: Where's the global outrage?

Children labour: Where's the global outrage? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

215 million children worldwide are forced to work, trapping them in poverty and denying them an education or a decent future

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‘Don’t leave this to your children’: could climate finance unlock a deal on Climate Change?

‘Don’t leave this to your children’: could climate finance unlock a deal on Climate Change? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Just back from the Doha climate talks, Oxfam’s Campaigns and Policy Director Phil Bloomer discusses the tensions and relative climate change records of rich and poorcountry governments.

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Stop branding aid

Stop branding aid | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Branding aid runs counter to all of the principles of the aid effectiveness agenda : undermining ownership and diluting the social contract between citizens and their state, visibly bypassing those local institutions that ideally would be providing those services, focusing on inputs (“from the American people”) and promoting domestic interests (politicians and taxpayers getting credit) over international and humanitarian ones.

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The knowns and unknowns of the global land rush

The knowns and unknowns of the global land rush | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Researchers studying land acquisitions in the global south face many challenges, including trying to measure the exact scale of the problem. Developing rigorous methods to assess how the rush for land is exacerbating land scarcity and affecting people locally is perhaps the most promising way to measure what the scale of the land rush means for recipient countries and the people who live in them, says Lorenzo Cotula.

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Jane Jacobs on Development: the Nation is not the ONLY possible unit of analysis

Jane Jacobs on Development: the Nation is not the ONLY possible unit of analysis | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
From Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek, quoting Jane Jacobs’ book Cities and the Wealth of Nations:

 

Nations are political and military entities… But it doesn’t necessarily follow from this that they are also the basic, salient entities of economic life or that they are particularly useful for probing the mysteries of economic structure, the reasons for rise and decline of wealth.

 

So for example, two important factors in development are technology and culture. Neither spreads primarily at the unit of the nation.

 

This is the kind of helpful insight that will DEFINITELY have NO impact WHATSOEVER because it is so much more convenient both data-wise and politics-wise to focus on Nations.

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Food security must come first

Food security must come first | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Growing crops for food and fuel together can work but farmers and policymakers must prioritise hungry people and think local

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What’s up (or down) with global hunger?

What’s up (or down) with global hunger? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Research Policy Advisor Richard King expresses his opinion on recent reports about global hunger.

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IMF gold windfall helps poor countries now but won't break cycle of debt

IMF gold windfall helps poor countries now but won't break cycle of debt | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

By subsidising cheaper loans to low-income countries, the IMF will keep them trapped by debt repayments for years

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UK: Arms sales and immigration hit rating

UK: Arms sales and immigration hit rating | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Britain is the only G7 country in the Commitment to Development Index top 10 – but questions over arms sales to undemocratic governments are driving down its rating

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Joseph Kabila's fixation on Kivu crisis threatens Congo's stability

Joseph Kabila's fixation on Kivu crisis threatens Congo's stability | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Crisis in the east matters, but the president should be mindful not to neglect other issues in building a better future for Congo

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