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Development Digest – 29/05/11

Late this week… I’ve been having issues with my internet modem, and also with my time management skillz… ahem. Sorry.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s your weekly development digest! Enjoy! (And thanks again to Sylvie for providing Canada news!)

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Global news:

Number of Indian women in top posts rises – http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Number-of-Indian-Women-in-Top-Posts-Rises-122225194.html
Sorry, didn’t find time for more news this week… please respond to this email thread with any stories you’d like to share!

Canada news:

Newfoundland has a lesson for Canada on globalization – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/the-economists/newfoundland-has-a-lesson-for-canada-on-globalization/article2029960/
Canucks advance, fans rejoice – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/05/25/vancouver-canucks-fan-reaction.html
On Israel, Harper stands alone at G8 summit – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/on-israel-harper-stands-alone-at-g8-summit/article2035290/
Canada won’t pledge any new money for G8′s ‘Arab Spring’ – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/27/g8-arab-uprising-aid.html
Layton announces team of critics – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/26/pol-layton-shadow-cabinet.html
Auditor General departing, warns of ‘challenges’ ahead – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/25/pol-fraser-ag-report-speech.html
June 6 budget will phase out per-vote subsidy (another move to erode democracy – yay!) – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/25/pol-flaherty-budget.html
Economy & Mideast top Harper’s G8 agenda – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/25/harper-europe-g8.html
$9M cabinet cost looms as Tories look to slash budget – http://counter.thestar.topscms.com/news/canada/article/995324–9m-cabinet-cost-looms-as-tories-look-to-slash-budget
Bodies of men shot at Barrick gold mine in Tanzania stolen and dumped by police – http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/996346–bodies-of-men-shot-at-barrick-mine-stolen-and-dumped-by-police-families
Slave Lake evacuees begin return – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2011/05/25/edmonton-slave-lake-re-entry-plan.html
Canada ranks high on the better life index – http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2011/05/24/oecd-better-life-index.html

Africa news:

Food insecurity grips region – http://allafrica.com/stories/201105180986.html
Again, please share more news!

Agriculture news:

US biofuels plantation subsidy bill fuels the destruction of African agriculture – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/us-biofuels-plantation-subsidy-bill.html
Anyone know any good agriculture news sources or blogs? This is the hardest section to source!

Development thinking:

Can food and finance work together? – http://blogs.wsj.com/source/2011/05/18/can-food-and-finance-work-together/
EWB featured!! Things I like: Engineers Without Borders (Canada) – http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AViewFromTheCave/~3/aZ6O5lLtJ9c/things-i-like-engineers-without-borders.html
Survival of the fittest? What is the value of multilateral aid? – http://aidthoughts.org/?p=2523
Can Malawi deal with a British aid freeze? – http://aidthoughts.org/?p=2531
The Scaling-up Fallacy – http://bottomupthinking.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/the-scaling-up-fallacy
Are we really assessing development impact? – http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/guest-post-by-martin-ravallion-are-we-really-assessing-development-impact
RESPONSE: In defense of single project evaluations – http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/in-defense-of-single-project-evaluations-a-response-to-ravallion
Do men and women see hunger differently? – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5500
What use are models of change? An experiment in Tanzania – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5458
Snooping in non-profit tax forms – http://goodintents.org/financial-reporting/nonprofit-tax-forms
RCTs: A band-aid on a deeper issue? – http://www.how-matters.org/2011/05/24/rcts-band-aid-on-deeper-issue/
Compilation of blog posts written on RCTs – http://www.how-matters.org/2011/05/24/rcts-and-aid-effectiveness-compilatio/
Organizational change as struggle – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/organizational-change-as-struggle/
Five ways foreign aid could cost less while doing more – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/five-ways-foreign-aid-could-cost-less-while-doing-more/2011/05/09/AFSEcm5G_blog.html
Program-for-results: a new direction for the World Bank – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/05/program-for-results-a-new-direction-for-the-world-bank.php

EWB blog posts:

Ben: Harvest! Friday Flims #10 – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/2011/05/harvest-friday-flims-10/
Franck: Le printemps au Burkina – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/le-printemps-au-burkina/
Franck: Pis là Franck, tu fais quoi au Burkina? – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/pis-la-franck-tu-fais-quoi-au-burkina/
Franck: A development worker’s perspective on beggars – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/a-development-workers-perspective-on-beggars/
Bernard: LA toune… – http://bernardauburkina.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/la-toune/
Lisa: Research, Research and More Research… – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/research-research-and-more-research/
Franck: To report, or not to report – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/to-report-or-not-to-report
Geneviève: A hint of randomness – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/hint-of-randomness.html
Mina: Easter holiday travels in the Volta Region! – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/easter-holiday-travels-in-the-volta-region
Untapped Markets: Demonstration farms – who should pay? – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/05/demonstration-farms-who-should-pay/
Robin: Chocolate covered licorice, and other frivolities – http://addictedtoimpact.blogspot.com/2011/05/chocolate-covered-licorice-and-other.html

Amusing and interesting things:

The pursuit of happiness – http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/05/well-being_and_wealth
You are solving the wrong problem – http://www.azarask.in/blog/post/the-wrong-problem/


Development Digest – 20/05/11

Hey everyone, sorry for the distinct lack of REAL CONTENT on this blog lately. I’ve been insanely busy, transitioning into my new role as Team Leader! Add to that the fact that 24 summer student volunteers just landed in Ghana (yipeee!!) and well… blogging hasn’t been my top priority. This week is going to be insane, but I hope to get back on the bandwagon soon – I have a few good posts lined up that I hope you’ll enjoy!

In the meantime, here’s your regular Development Digest. Thanks once again to Sylvie for contributing the Canada news section. I hope you enjoy!

If you only have time to read 5 articles, read the ones with a *star*.

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Global news:

Obama sees ’67 borders as starting point for peace deal – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/world/middleeast/20speech.html
*The International Criminal Court bares its teeth – http://www.economist.com/node/18682044?story_id=18682044
IMF Chief moved to New York jail – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/05/2011516133057216224.html
RELATED: Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigns: potential successors as head of IMF – http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/gallery/2011/may/17/next-head-of-imf-dsk-arrest
‘Emergency’ in Guatemala over killings – http://english.aljazeera.net/video/americas/2011/05/2011517103516680111.html
Trump not running for president – http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/16/breaking-trump-not-running-for-president/?on.cnn=1
Dorothy Parvaz: Inside Syria’s secret prisons – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/05/2011518184325620380.html
Israel’s frontiers sizzle with violence on historic day – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/israels-frontiers-sizzle-with-violence-on-historic-day/article2022668/
War crimes prosecutor seeks Gaddafi warrant – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/05/201151692455707456.html
Benghazi rappers voice hopes for Libyan democracy (video) – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/video/2011/may/16/libya-hip-hop-rap-benghazi-video
Peaceful protests gain respect as they lead tide of change in Yemen – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/17/change-square-yemen-revolution-tregan

Canada news:

*Harper announces cabinet: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/18/pol-cabinet-shuffle.html
Harper rewards 3 defeated MPs with senate seats: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/pm-rewards-three-defeated-conservatives-with-senate-seats/article2026815/
Kudos for Canada’s ‘modest’ aid efforts: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/992030–kudos-for-canada-s-modest-aid-efforts
Recounts gives NDP historic seat total: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/14/cv-election-recount-ndp-quebec-seat.html
Four challenges that could keep Harper up at night – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/four-challenges-that-could-keep-harper-up-at-night/article2023128/
Can Harper and Layton get along? http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/991556–jack-and-stephen-kings-of-the-hill
Alberta wildfires force evacuation of Slave Lake: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2011/05/15/edm-alberta-wildfires.html
Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/atlanta-thrashers-moving-to-winnipeg/article2029179/

Africa news:

Uganda anti-gay bill pushed out of parliament – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/13/uganda-anti-gay-bill-shelved
RELATED: Are gay rights universal? – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/05/are-gay-rights-universal/
Zambia: microfinance beyond the reach of the poorest – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/05/zambia-microfinance-beyond-the-reach-of-the-poor-3/
My Twitterspat with Paul Kagame – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/16/my-twitterspat-with-paul-kagame
Burkina Faso’s long-serving president moves to placate critics – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/17/burkina-faso-president-placate-critics
Ghana: Konadu is battle-ready for Mills – http://allafrica.com/stories/201105200025.html
Ghana: do’s and don’ts of Accra – http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/05/14/ghana-dos-and-donts-of-accra/

Agriculture news:

Evidence against global land deals piling up – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/evidence-against-global-land-deals.html
Zambia in new maize harvest record – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/zambia-in-new-maize-harvest-record.html
*Fair trade coffee producers often end up poorer – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/fair-trade-coffee-producers-often-end.html
Burkina Faso cotton farmers protest low prices – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/burkina-faso-cotton-growers-protest-low.html
Ivory Coast upsets hit banana growers too – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/ivory-coast-upsets-hit-banana-growers.html
Japan donates 125 tractors to Ghana – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/japan-donates-125-tractors-to-ghana.html
Weather hasn’t been a friend to farmers – http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2011-05-11-cold-likely-to-hit-crops_n.htm
Farm subsidies: a useful sacrifice in the budget debates – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patrick-sharma/farm-subsidies-a-useful-s_b_861225.html
Innovations that can ensure food security – http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2011-05/13/content_12502242.htm
How can small and large farmers co-exist? – http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/what-we-do/highlights/news/small-large-farmers-coexistence
How can we feed future generations? – http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FarmingFirst/~3/MjNbdlIi7xE/
New and harder evidence on climate change, hunger and food prices – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5404
Cost-minimizing food budgets in Ghana – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=57889
Measuring market potential for fresh organic fruit and vegetable in Ghana – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=57952
Willingness to pay for extension services in Uganda – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=58069
Yield of maize as affected by fertilizer application practices – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=58146

Development thinking:

Responding to worries about COD aid – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/05/responding-to-worries-about-cod-aid.php
Theories of Change – http://onthinktanks.org/2011/05/18/theories-of-change/
Positive Black Swans – http://www.slate.com/id/2293699/pagenum/all/
Deep and Disproportionate cuts to the International Affairs Budget: Dangerous to our National Security – http://thewillandthewallet.org/2011/05/11/deep-and-disproportionate-cuts-to-the-international-affairs-budget-dangerous-to-our-national-security/
COUNTER: Foreign aid, like all government spending, must pay its part – http://thewillandthewallet.org/2011/05/10/foreign-aid-like-all-government-spending-must-pay-its-part/
USAID launches advisory committee on voluntary foreign aid – http://www.usaid.gov/press/releases/2011/pr110504.html
Poverty in the era of data – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcelo-giugale/data-poverty-_b_860785.html
Why the G8 should open its books – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/19/g8-aid-spending-transparency
How do you tell if a policy is working? Run a trial – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/14/bad-science-ben-goldacre-randomised-trials
Crowdsourcing put to good use in Africa – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/19/crowdsourcing-good-use-in-africa
Social protection: from handouts to social justice – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/17/social-protection-handouts-social-justice
“The Weakness of the opposition in Africa”: Senegal as a case study – http://sahelblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/the-weakness-of-the-opposition-in-africa-senegal-as-a-case-study/
I am not an MFI, just a moneylender – http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/TQuA/~3/5wFujd1U9uc/i-am-not-mfi-just-moneylender.html
Capturing change: isn’t there a better way? – http://hausercenter.org/iha/2011/05/19/capturing-change-isnt-there-a-better-way/
*I’m an international development blogger, and you can be too! or why development students and professionals should blog – http://findwhatworks.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/im-an-international-development-blogger-and-you-can-be-too-or-why-development-students-and-professionals-should-blog/
Aid Watch blog ends, new work on development begins – http://aidwatchers.com/2011/05/aid-watch-blog-ends-new-work-on-development-begins/
CI screws up – http://bottomupthinking.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/ci-screws-up/

EWB blog posts:

Ben: The Farm This Year: Friday Flims #9 – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/2011/05/the-farm-this-year-friday-flims-9/
Mike Klassen: At Second Glance – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/at-second-glance/
Franck: Nouvelles dans news – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/nouvelles-dans-news/
Geneviève: Out of sight, out of mind? – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/out-of-sight-out-of-mind.html
Marie-Claire: L’économie du kiosque – http://extraitsduburkina.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/leconomie-du-kiosque/
Mike Klassen: Energy Overload – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/energy-overload/
Bernard: Budget et autres chinoiseries – http://bernardauburkina.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/budget-et-autres-chinoiseries/
Duncan: The need for the field – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/05/17/the-need-for-the-field
Untapped Markets: Know your client: making finance work for agro-processors in Ghana – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/05/know-your-client-making-finance-work-for-agro-processors-ghana/
Anthony: Update: Business Development Services – Zambia – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/784
Untapped Markets: Sustainable business part 2 – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/05/sustainable-business-part-2/
Mark B: The remoteness deterrent – http://kulemela.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/the-remoteness-deterrent/

Amusing and interesting things:

Is a well-lived life worth anything? – http://blogs.hbr.org/haque/2011/05/is_a_well_lived_live_worth_anything.html
What it’s like to make change – http://chriscorrigan.com/parkinglot/?p=3250
*21 principles for innovating in the real world from IDEO’s Diego Rodriguez – http://thenextweb.com/dd/2011/05/08/21-principles-for-innovating-in-the-real-world-from-ideos-diego-rodriguez/
Your so-called education – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/opinion/15arum.html
Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like: Talking about Poop – http://stuffexpataidworkerslike.com/2011/05/18/57-talking-about-poop-2/


Development Digest – 13/05/11

Sorry for the hiatus last week – I was on vacation at the beach :)

Unfortunately this means there are two weeks worth of articles here… nevertheless, enjoy your development digest! Thanks to Sylvie Spraakman for collecting the Canada news and to Mina Shahid for contributing the Egypt section.

If you only have time to read 5 articles, read the ones with the *star*.

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Global news:

How Osama bin Laden relegated himself to the post-colonial past – http://dougsaunders.net/2011/05/osama-bin-laden-relegated-post-colonial/
Chomsky’s views on Osama bin Laden’s death: http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/2652/noam_chomsky_my_reaction_to_os/
Blindfolded, beaten and tortured: Grim new testimony reveals fate of Bahrain’s persecuted doctors – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/blindfolded-beaten-and-tortured-grim-new-testimony-reveals-fate-of-bahrains-persecuted-doctors-2281616.html
Analysis: West turns blind eye to Bahrain crackdown – http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/09/us-bahrain-repression-idUSTRE7481VM20110509
Afghan forces ‘not ready’ for handover – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/201151083710977793.html
Tunisia sets up electoral body ahead of vote – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/05/20115101356895609.html
Microsoft Skypes for $8.5 Billion – http://www.thenational.ae/featured-content/channel-page/business/technology/microsoft-skypes-for-8-5-billion
Gadhafi’s compound hit by NATO airstrikes – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/05/12/libya-strikes-051211.html
Protesters wounded in Yemen clashes – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/2011512114245752696.html
Women have emerged as key players in the Arab Spring – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/22/women-arab-spring

In case you’ve seen one of these May 21, 2011 Judgement Day signs in your neighbourhood:
Marketers of the apocalypse: Ad blitz warns of Judgment Day – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/americas/marketers-of-the-apocalypse-ad-blitz-warns-of-judgment-day/article2015969/
RELATED: Some horsemen – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/09/some_horsemen

Canada news:

Manitoba amasses real troops and an ‘army’ of retired engineers to deal with flood – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prairies/manitoba-amasses-real-troops-and-an-army-of-retired-engineers-to-deal-with-flood/article2018120/
Chretien urges Harper not to end party subsidies http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/09/pol-chretien-party-subsidies.html
Green party on leaky pipeline company’s environmental record: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/09/pol-green-oil-leak.html
Fate of supervised injection site goes to Supreme Court: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/09/bc-insite-supreme-court-canada.html
How economic stability really has nothing to do with a political party: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/progressive-economics-forum/2011/05/majority-conservative-government-ushers-new-era-e?
Quebec opens up its north for mining: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13343284
*Failing grade for government on access to information: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/10/pol-cjfe-harper-fail.html
Elections Canada probing hoax calls to voters: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/10/elections-canada-phone-hoax.html
Conservatives will lower corporate tax cuts, Flaherty on the budget: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/10/flaherty-conservative-budget.html
Painting the town blue – http://www.torontostandard.com/the-sprawl/painting-the-town-blue
Gas prices jump at pumps in Ontario, Quebec – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/05/10/gasoline-price.html
Bloc to seek party status, new leader: MP – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2011/05/10/bloc-party-status.html
Slutwalk sparks worldwide protest movement – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/slutwalk-sparks-worldwide-protest-movement/article2017672/
By focusing on leadership, the Liberals are putting the cart before the horse – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/jeffrey-simpson/by-focusing-on-leadership-the-liberals-are-putting-cart-before-horse/article2017106/

Africa news:

Nigeria’s Mad Men: What ads say about doing business in Africa’s most populous country – http://www.economist.com/node/18621345?fsrc=nlw|mgt|05-04-11|management_thinking
Chad: an election under the radar – http://www.undispatch.com/chad-an-election-under-the-radar
Ivory Coast makes first cocoa export since January – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-news/ivory-coast-makes-first-cocoa-export-since-january/article2015134/
Kenya: food taxes cut as four die of hunger – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/27/kenya-food-taxes-cut-as-f_n_854532.html
African strongmen crush attempts to emulate pro-democracy uprisings – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/african-strongmen-crush-attempts-to-emulate-pro-democracy-uprisings/article2011680/
What the world got wrong in Côte D’Ivoire – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/29/what_the_world_got_wrong_in_cote_d_ivoire
Uganda’s anti-gay bill is far from dead – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/may/11/uganda-anti-gay-bill
Why the world should keep an eye on Djibouti – http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2011/04/horn_africa?fsrc=rss
Zambia: Real changes needed in development policy and implementation – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/05/development-zambia-real-changes-needed-in-policy-and-implementation/
Ivory Coast: Dozens die as Laurent Gbabo’s militia fight on – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/04/ivory-coast-gbagbo-militia-fight-on
CNN Marketplace Africa homepage – http://www.cnn.com/CNNI/Programs/marketplace.africa/ (H/T Colleen)
Renewables Africa homepage – http://www.ae-africa.com/index.php (H/T Colleen)

Egypt news:

Egypt extends Mubaraks Detention – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/2011513213512791.html
*Breathless in Egypt – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/05/20115910100577565.html
Cairo tense after religious clashes – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/20115991758111146.html
Egypt’s Trial by Fire – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/05/201159115219476806.html
Egypt turns to IMF as deficit balloons – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13384455
The post revolution blues – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13371974

Ghana news:

Big transparency wins for Ghana – http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/index.php/2011/05/09/big-transparency-wins-for-ghana/
Malaria investment pays off – http://allafrica.com/stories/201105091214.html

Agriculture news:

*The new geopolitics of food – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/the_new_geopolitics_of_food?page=full
*Can the world feed 10 billion people? – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/04/can_the_world_feed_10_billion_people?page=full
Fertilizer: free but shunned – http://spore.cta.int/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&lang=en&id=1638&catid=31
Yam: a triumph for towns – http://spore.cta.int/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&lang=en&id=1677&catid=8
Post-harvest management: adding value to crops – http://spore.cta.int/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&lang=en&id=1670&catid=9
Commodity associations: more competitive supply chains – http://spore.cta.int/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&lang=en&id=1634&catid=10
Doing more than praying for rain – http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/doing-more-than-praying-for-rain/?nl=opinion&emc=tya1
Organic farming – India’s future perfect? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/11/organic-farming-india-future-incomes-yields

Development thinking:

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: GIVE BILL GATES SOME ADVICE!! Small farmers are the answer – http://www.gatesfoundation.org/agriculturaldevelopment/Pages/small-farmers-are-the-answer-challenge.aspx
Are 1 in 3 Africans middle class? – http://www.globaldashboard.org/2011/05/09/are-1-in-3-africans-middle-class/
The myth of 9 billion – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/09/the_myth_of_9_billion
Don’t build schools in Afghanistan – http://www.slate.com/id/2293127/
*Cut to the chase: 15 political truths for the centre-left – http://www.policy-network.net/articles/4000/Cut-to-the-chase-15-political-truths-for-the-centre-left
How a business can change the world – http://www.inc.com/magazine/20110501/how-a-business-can-change-the-world.html
RELATED: Business models: why hybrids? – http://www.socialedge.org/blogs/case-on-business-models/
Global Fund rethinks transparency – http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/05/10/business-financial-impact-aids-fund-corruption_8459194.html
I’m Bored – the Significance Manifesto – http://www.managementexchange.com/blog/im-bored-significance-manifesto
Donor countries should wake up to work to end poverty – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/11/employment-to-end-poverty
NGO package tours – holidays with a conscience? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/may/10/ngo-package-tours-holidays-conscience
Repatriating retro t-shirts from Africa (for a good cause) – http://www.good.is/post/repatriating-retro-t-shirts-from-africa-for-a-good-cause/
‘Private sector’ includes small local business, not just multinationals – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/10/private-sector-small-business-not-just-multinationals
Is cash on delivery the future for aid? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/13/cash-delivery-future-results-based-aid

Development blogs:

Tolerance – http://talesfromethehood.com/2011/05/01/tolerance/
Holes – http://shotgunshackblog.com/2011/05/02/holes/
Is budget support less fungible than project aid? – http://www.owen.org/blog/4580
Knowledge management as a cost saver in difficult financial times – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/knowledge-management-as-a-cost-saver-in-difficult-financial-times
A few thoughts for conference organizers – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/a-few-thoughts-for-conference-organizers/
Measuring value in communities of practice – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/demonstrating-value-in-communities-of-practice/
Barefoot in church – http://www.how-matters.org/2011/05/03/barefoot-in-church/
Land grabs update: (a lot) more hectares than we thought, and definitely bad for development – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5328
Poor economics: a rich new book from Banerjee and Duflo – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5367
You wanna get nuts? Come on, let’s get nuts (Malawi!!) – http://aidthoughts.org/?p=2445

EWB blog posts:

Ben: Goin’ on a Parrot Hunt: Friday Flims #7 – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/2011/04/goin-on-a-parrot-hunt-friday-flims-7/
Wayne: The politics of Ghana’s agriculture – http://waynemiranda.posterous.com/the-politics-of-ghanas-agriculture
Brian: April 14 Reflections – http://liveworklearnbrianinghana.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/april-14-reflections/
Brian: A new day full of life, love and death – http://liveworklearnbrianinghana.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/a-new-day-full-of-life-love-and-death/
Geneviève: Updates – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/updates.html
Dan B: Pure Watah Economics – http://questionstoquestions.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/pure-watah-economics/
Alyssa: Hope Floats in a Vote – http://lyssintomalawi.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/hope-floats-in-a-vote/
Don: Common constraints to extension work – http://impactnotintent.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/common-constraints-to-extension-work/
Bernard: Pensées au hasard vol.1 – http://bernardauburkina.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/pensees-au-hasard-vol-1/
Ben: Monkeys! Friday Flims #8 – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/2011/05/monkeys-friday-flims-8/
Mina: “Friendly” Protest in Tamale – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/friendly-protest-in-tamale/
Mina: An Air-Conditioned Office – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/an-air-conditioned-office/
Wayne: Project-conscious and business-conscious – http://waynemiranda.posterous.com/project-conscious-business-conscious
Untapped Markets: The end-game of market facilitation? – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/05/the-end-game-of-market-facilitation/
Alyssa: What’s in a name? – http://lyssintomalawi.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/whats-in-a-name/
Geneviève: When knowledge gets in the way of creativity – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/when-knowledge-gets-in-way-of.html
Colleen: The art of persistent questioning – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1509
Geneviève: Living out of a backpack – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/living-out-of-backpack.html
Lisa: Starting off in Malawi – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/starting-off-in-malawi/
Colleen: The challenge with $300 houses – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1515
Untapped Markets: The power of word of mouth – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/05/the-power-of-word-of-mouth/
Jordan: SOMBA!! How to get free fish by Lake Malawi – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/somba-how-to-get-free-fish-by-lake-malawi/

Specials:
Congrats to the UBC chapter of EWB!! UBC named Fair Trade campus – http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2011/05/09/ubc-receives-fair-trade-designation/

Amusing and interesting things:

Self-check guide for girls: Am I Wearing Pants? – http://cdn.thefrisky.com/images/uploads/AmIWearingPants_web.jpeg
Just how dangerous is sitting all day? – http://mashable.com/2011/05/09/sitting-down-infographic/
Blue Ocean Turning Brown – http://nanakofiacquah.blogspot.com/2011/05/blue-ocean-turning-brown.html
Considering: when warlords have Facebook pages – http://johnnydwyer.net/crashinslowmotion/?p=579
Chinese twins born with one body, two heads – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/chinese-twins-born-with-one-body-two-heads/article2016607/
Harvest some savings with a summer garden – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/home-cents/harvest-some-savings-with-a-summer-garden/article1999305/
READING: Memoirs from Africa – paring down the list – http://weblogs.swarthmore.edu/burke/2011/05/05/memoirs-from-africa-paring-down-a-list/
Accra wi-fi hotspots – http://accrawifi.crowdmap.com/


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