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    The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: “Important new book”, says Duncan Green

The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: “Important new book”, says Duncan Green

Rosalind Eyben, Irene Guijt, Chris Roche and Cathy Shutt (eds.), The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: Playing the Game to Change the Rules (Rugby: Practical Action Publishing, 2015). 234 pp. ISBN: 9781853398865 The results/value for money steamroller grinds on, with aid donors demanding more attention to measurement of impact. At first sight that’s a good thing – […]

  • Delegates at the opening of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa. Photo: ECA
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    Addis: A Good First Step, but a Terrible Last Word, for 2015

Addis: A Good First Step, but a Terrible Last Word, for 2015

LSE Professor in Practice, Owen Barder, reflects on the recent Financing for Development Conference and what needs to come from it. This blog post first appeared on Views from the Center. The Financing for Development Conference, which drew to a close yesterday in Addis Ababa (16th July), was never going to solve all the world’s development problems. What it could […]

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    Owen Barder – Financing for development: Where the treasure is buried

Owen Barder – Financing for development: Where the treasure is buried

Originally posted on Views from the Center, and then Owen’s personal blog. Nancy Birdsall has given us her five wishes for the Financing for Development conference in July — and I agree with them all. I would say this even if she were not my boss. But all of her wishes are about how we can generate more and better financing […]

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    Solving the leakage crisis in India’s subsidised food programme

Solving the leakage crisis in India’s subsidised food programme

The Public Distribution System in India (PDS) is designed to distribute subsidised food to India’s poorest people. But numerous ‘leakages’ in this system – notably the movement of goods to the black market – have prompted calls for states to begin computerising the process. In a new article for Ideas for India, Silvia Masiero, who has monitored the digitisation process […]

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    The paradoxical “selfishness” of aid – Karl Muth on stifling development

The paradoxical “selfishness” of aid – Karl Muth on stifling development

“Why do certain countries develop?” asks Karl Muth, a recent PhD graduate and now Lecturer in Economics, Public Policy and Statistics at Northwestern University. In his TEDx talk, ‘International Development – Telling New Stories’, he delivers a complex answer derived from an anecdote that stems from fieldwork in Uganda.

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    SDGs are just getting interesting – what needs to happen next to make them have impact?

SDGs are just getting interesting – what needs to happen next to make them have impact?

18 months ago, Robert Wade found trade economists at UNCTAD to be wilfully sidestepping any mention of sustainability in discussions about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now, Duncan Green attempts to shake off his own scepticism about the post-2015 SDG process, finding some light (if little sun) at the end of the tunnel. (Originally posted on From Poverty to Power.) […]

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    Introducing the MSc International Development & Humanitarian Emergencies – Stuart Gordon

Introducing the MSc International Development & Humanitarian Emergencies – Stuart Gordon

Next in line of our new introductory videos is the MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. Are you a past or present MSc IDHE student? Have you enjoyed the course? Would you recommend it to interested students? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Trio of Professorial Runners Triumph

The Department of International Development would like to congratulate its trio of Professorial runners on a set of magnificent achievements. Professor Jude Howell completed the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 12th April. Her run, in aid of Breast Cancer Care, took just under six hours in blazing sunshine on the south coast. Professor Tim Allen then completed his tenth consecutive London […]

Why doesn’t the UN do what we tell them to?

Rory Dillon – Development Management MSc 2012/2013  I have been wondering if our (the wider interested development community) remonstrations with UN agencies over how they could improve their projects have simply fallen on deaf ears. We have found these new approaches to measuring impact – randomised control trials or community participation – that would revolutionize the way they operated if […]

Humanitarian development?

Where does conflict end and development begin? Who’s responsible for “early recovery” in the messy continuum between crisis and stability, the “relief-development gap”?  These are not new questions: the international community’s been arguing over the answers for at least the past fifty years. But they are pressing ones. Not only for those of us whose work defies easy categorisation along […]