Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Development Digest – 04/03/11

Here’s your weekly development digest. Sorry it’s a long one – there’s a lot happening in the world this week! To help you choose what to read, I’m going to *star the ones I think are extra-good – but I still encourage you to read as much as you want!

Enjoy!

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Global news:

Grameen Bank ordered by Bhangladeshi government to fire Yunus – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/microlender-to-fight-bangladesh-order-to-fire-nobel-laureate-founder/article1926281/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=1926281
RELATED: Fired? Resigned? Fighting it? Not sure… – http://www.nextbillion.net/blog/2011/03/02/open-feed-reactions-to-muhammad-yunus-firing-from-grameen
US Army files 22 charges against Wikileaks soldier – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/americas/us-army-files-22-new-charges-against-wikileaks-soldier/article1927391/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=1927391
NATO-led forces kill 9 Afghan boys – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/03/02/afghanistan-kids-killed.html?ref=rss
World Food Prices reach record high – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/03/03/un-food.html?ref=rss

Revolution news:

Protests in North Korea – http://www.asianews.it/news-en/First-public-protests-against-the-Kims%E2%80%99-regime-20861.html
Threat of civil war looms in Yemen – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/threat-of-civil-war-looms-in-yemen/article1924354/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=1924354
Bahrain, Oman protesters call for change – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/02/28/oman-protests-muscat-sohar.html?ref=rss

*Democracy’s always awkward march – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/02/25/f-vp-schlesinger.html?ref=rss
As freedom blooms in the east it’s withering in the west – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/elizabeth-renzetti/as-freedom-blooms-in-the-east-its-withering-in-the-west/article1921209/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=1921209
Is 2011 another 1989? – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/is-2011-another-1989-five-experts-on-shape-of-things-to-come/article1921775/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=1921775
*How will the Arab Spring reshape the Middle East? – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/how-will-the-arab-spring-reshape-the-middle-east/article1921809/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=1921809

Libya/Tunisia news:

Civil war in Libya? – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/libyas-major-opposition-forces-united-beneath-tricolour-rebel-flag/article1922712/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=1922712
Recruiting now for new offensive against Gaddafi – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/03/recruiting-now-for-new-offensive-against-gaddafi/
Tunisians know Ben Ali was not democracy’s only block – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/27/tunia-islamists-west-elections-role-politics
*At a tense border crossing, a systematic effort to keep black Africans out – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/at-a-tense-border-crossing-a-systematic-effort-to-keep-black-africans-out/article1925955/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=1925955
RELATED: Photos from the border crossing – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/03/02/bedlam_at_the_border?page=0,0

Africa news:

*Wired for Freedom in Africa (article by Ghana’s VP) – http://www.theroot.com/views/your-take-status-update-digital-technology-africa
Libyan unrest shaking Mugabe’s tree – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/libyan-unrest-shaking-mugabes-tree/article1921667/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=1921667
West African discuss conflicts between pastoralists and settler/farmer communities – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/02/west-african-discuss-conflicts-between.html
Ghana oil money to start flowing – http://af.reuters.com/article/ghanaNews/idAFLDE7211BQ20110302?feedType=RSS&feedName=ghanaNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FAfricaGhanaNews+%28News+%2F+Africa+%2F+Ghana+News%29&pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0&sp=true

Ivory Coast news:

Ivory Coast heading back toward civil war? – http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFLDE71O1GO20110301?sp=true
UN Inspectors attacked as Ivory Coast heads toward civil war – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/01/un-weapons-inspectors-ivory-coast
*President cuts off power and water to the north – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/03/ivory-coast-president-cuts-power-north

Canada news:

*Rob Ford is an idiot (ok that’s not the actual title of the article – I paraphrased) – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/marcus-gee/ford-wields-power-with-growing-swagger/article1927709/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=National&utm_content=1927709
Christy Clark is BC’s new premier – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/02/26/bc-liberals-vote-premier.html?ref=rss
*Michael Ignatieff: Tough guy with a vision – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/lawrence-martin/michael-ignatieff-tough-guy-with-a-vision/article1924310/
End the Silence on Aid – http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/947023–end-the-silence-on-aid?sms_ss=twitter&at_xt=4d6e5aecaf332a61,0
*Time for transparency in our foreign aid (op-ed by EWB’s James Haga) – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/time-for-transparency-in-our-foreign-aid/article1929307/
Canada should bring poor countries to the food aid table – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/canada-should-bring-poor-nations-to-the-food-aid-discussion-table/article1922937/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=National&utm_content=1922937
RELATED: Eyes on London for Global Food Aid – http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/iatp/thinkforward/~3/5Nw9D4tFQ6o/eyes-on-london.html
Canada readies for bigger military role in North Africa – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canada-readies-for-bigger-military-role-in-north-africa/article1925022/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=1925022
*RELATED: How to intervene in Libya? – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/how-to-intervene-in-libya/article1927450/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=1927450

Agriculture news:

Why Monsanto’s GM seeds are undemocratic – http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2011/0223/Control-over-your-food-Why-Monsanto-s-GM-seeds-are-undemocratic
*Fertilizer subsidies (bonus: includes the word “heterogeneity”) – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/02/is-the-malawi-maize-miracle-a-good-example-for-others.php
Farm Radio – http://blog.farmradio.org/2011/03/ugandan-farm-broadcaster-helped-to-end-conflict/

*Economist Special Report “The Future of Food” – a series on world food, check out all the links! I liked the one below:
A Prospect of Plenty – http://www.economist.com/node/18200642
Commentary on the Economist report by Oxfam’s Duncan Green – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=4597

Development thinking:

*The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator – http://www.kiwanja.net/blog/2011/02/the-rise-of-the-reluctant-innovator/
Real Conservatives Don’t Slash Aid – http://www.npr.org/2011/02/22/133958620/the-new-republic-real-conservatives-dont-slash-aid
Does Gates Foundation funding of media taint objectivity? -  http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/02/does-gates-foundation-funding-of-media.html
India is trying out Cash Transfers – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/28/AR2011022805299.html?tid=nn_twitter (read about the concept here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conditional_Cash_Transfer )
International Aid Transparency Initiative signatories agree on aid data standard – http://www.devex.com/en/blogs/full-disclosure/the-aid-revolution-begins-a-new-aid-transparency-standard-and-what-s-next
Aid Data Transparency thoughts – http://aidthoughts.org/?p=2162
*Changes… – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/changes/
Leading Thinkers? – http://www.aviewfromthecave.com/2011/03/leading-thinkers.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Charity:Water jigs its messaging – http://www.charitywater.org/blog/20-dollars-20-years/
RELATED: And people approve! – http://goodintents.org/common-aid-problems/talking-about-maintenance

APS blog posts:

Ben B: Me talking about failure and aid – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/2011/02/me-talking-about-failure-and-aid/
Mike Klassen: Smiles and Systems – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/smiles-and-systems/
Mark B: On Zambia and Ghana: Part 1 – http://kulemela.wordpress.com/2011/02/27/on-zambia-and-ghana-part-one/
Geneviève: The Missing Keys: Education and Leadership – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/02/toronto-during-pre-dep-training.html
Geneviève: Waste Land – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/03/waste-land.html
Dan B: Common question but no easy answer – http://questionstoquestions.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/common-question-but-no-easy-answer/
Untapped Markets (AVC blog): Location, location, location – http://blogs.ewb.ca/avc/2011/03/location-location-location/

Amusement:

*The exponential power of public squares – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/the-exponential-power-of-public-squares/article1921836/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=1921836
An Old City (Dispatches From Jerusalem) – http://lindsaydispatches.blogspot.com/2011/03/old-city-dispatches-from-jerusalem.html
How the TED Fellows program develops leaders – http://www.inc.com/articles/201103/TED-fellows-program.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=button
The Aspiring Dictator’s Guide – http://mg.co.za/article/2008-12-03-the-aspiring-dictators-guide
Great video from Peace Dividend Trust – http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/02/28/whats-wrong-with-aid/
*Hi-larious video (“I will design a community-driven intervention, and you can agree with it”) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mjq4-srUoz0

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