Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Development Digest – 23/09/11

Hi everyone,

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve done this. Just when I got really excited about putting together this Digest every week, I also got a new job – and got about 10 times busier than I was before. Yikes! Bad timing, right? Things got a bit crazy over the summer and this task fell off my plate week after week. So sorry for the radio silence!

But since this is something I really enjoy, and I think it’s a great investment in my personal learning, I want to continue to make it happen. So we’re back! After much delay, heeeeeeeeeeeere is your Development Digest!

There are a lot of interesting posts to catch up on, but I don’t want to overload you all in one week. Instead, I’m going to “catch up” in different categories over the coming weeks. To start off, this is the catch-up post for EWBer blogs, along with a smattering of other interesting news and posts. We’ll catch up on the development blogs and agriculture categories soon!

For those of you who are new to the Development Digest, this is a weekly summary of interesting links (news, blog posts, etc.) that I started sending out at the beginning of 2011. Feel free to read as much or as little of it as you’d like – it’s for your personal interest and learning only. Enjoy!

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

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Global news:

Speed-of-light experiments give baffling result at Cern – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15017484
Troy Davis execution goes ahead despite serious doubts about his guilt – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/22/troy-davis-execution-last-words
President Saleh returns to Yemen – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/09/201192344820432439.html
Taking a stand, and shedding Arafat’s shadow – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/world/at-un-a-moment-for-abbas-to-shed-arafats-shadow.html
*Europe failing Libya’s refugees: Amnesty – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14977155

Canada news:

Inscrutable Stephen Harper baffles the pundits – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/second-reading/gerald-caplan/inscrutable-stephen-harper-baffles-the-pundits/article2168878/
Cost of Ontario university education adversely affecting families and economy – http://www.socialwatch.org/node/13595
TransCanada pipeline lobbyist works all the angles with former colleagues – http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/transcanada-pipeline-lobbyist-works-all-the-angles-with-former-colleagues/2011/09/16/gIQAYq3BnK_story.html
*Inequality: A problem for everyone – http://www.nationalpost.com/news/problem+everyone/5433076/story.html

Africa news:

*Opposition leader wins Zambia election – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/09/2011922234557755338.html
Somalia famine: UN warns of 750,000 deaths – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14785304
How have things changed (in Kenya)? – https://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2011/09/famine-horn-africa
Burkina Faso: Justice campaigners welcome police convictions for fatal beating – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/08/burkina-faso-justice-campaigners-welcome-police-convictions-for-fatal-beating/
Malawi: Markets torched ahead of cancelled protests – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/09/malawi-markets-torched-ahead-of-cancelled-protests/
Pipeline fire kills dozens in Nairobi slum – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/12/pipeline-fire-nairobi-slum
Malaria vaccine trial raises hope – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15008866

Ghana news:

Ghana rights group warns of anti-gay hate campaign – http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1029152–ghana-rights-groups-warn-of-anti-gay-hate-campaign
Workers to demonstrate against fake textiles in Ghana – http://www.shadders.net/africa-creative/workers-to-demonstrate-against-fake-textiles-in-ghana.html
Kwame Nkrumah the Socialist – http://grahamghana.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/kwame-nkrumah-the-socialist/
Ghanaian EPA with EU would put integration process in danger – http://www.socialwatch.org/node/13598
Assemblies to take over street lighting – http://allafrica.com/stories/201109220798.html
The abandoned offspring of oil – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/09/ghana-the-abandoned-offspring-of-oil/
Nankanis fight for own district – http://allafrica.com/stories/201109190374.html
AGRA – helping to solve food insecurity in the country – http://allafrica.com/stories/201109220107.html
Biotech centre to spearhead root, tuber research – http://allafrica.com/stories/201109220536.html
Ghana’s new mental health bill aims to address stigma – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/aug/29/ghana-new-mental-health-bill

Agriculture news:

*The farms are not all right – http://www.walrusmagazine.com/articles/2011.10-food-the-farms-are-not-all-right/
Farming: thoughts on an intense debate – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14761015
Oxfam warns about effects of ‘land rush’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15013396
Ugandan farmer: ‘My land gave me everything, now I’m one of the poorest’ – http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/sep/22/uganda-farmer-land-gave-me-everything
Small seed packets could play a big role in Africa’s battle against drought – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/aug/29/seeds-role-africa-farmers-drought

Development thinking:

A world without borders makes economic sense – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/sep/05/migration-increase-global-economy
Steve’s Seven Insights for 21st Century Capitalists – http://blogs.hbr.org/haque/2011/08/steves_seven_insights_for_21st.html
*Acumen: Ten Things We’ve Learned To Be True – http://www.acumenfund.org/ten/#ten-things-box
Guardian “Key First-Year Reads” for Dev’t students – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/sep/21/first-year-development-student-books
A fresh narrative on aid dependence – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/sep/13/fresh-narrative-on-aid-dependence
What impact have the global crises had on development thinking? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/sep/21/global-crisis-development-rethinking
Chinese factories in Africa: not so fast – http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2011/09/16/chinese-factories-in-africa-not-so-fast/?ftcamp=traffic/email/content/monthnl//memmkt#axzz1YlswB6Iu
Food is the ultimate security need, new map shows – http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2011/aug/31/food-security-prices-conflict

EWB blog posts:

I’m going to list posts starting back in August, which is quite a while ago. These are in chronological order, from oldest to newest, so skip to the bottom for new posts.

Mina: Transient Relationships – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/transient-relationships/
Kristina: Why I’m moving – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/why-im-moving/
Kristina: Sugar cane – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/sugar-cane/
Tessa: How to bereka mwana (carry a baby) in Malawi – http://postcardsfrommalawi.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/how-to-bereka-mwana-carry-a-baby-in-malawi/
Lisa: The intricacies and oddities of village life – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/the-intricacies-and-oddities-of-village-life/
Mina: Dignity before Development? – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/dignity-before-development/
MC: Le sésame burkinabé: une culture de rente en pleine croissance – http://extraitsduburkina.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/le-sesame-burkinabe-une-culture-de-rente-en-pleine-croissance-2/
Kristina: Different systems – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/different-systems/
Erin: Sacrifice – http://erinantcliffe.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/sacrifice/
Mina: Inequality – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/inequality/
Kristina: Why pay more? – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/why-pay-more/
Kristina: Doubt – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/doubt/
Duncan: After the storm – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/08/14/after-the-storm/
Kristina: Side excursions and radio silence – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/side-excursions-and-radio-silence/
Lisa: Moments of clarity amidst a fog of uncertainty – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/moments-of-clarity-amidst-a-fog-of-uncertainty/
Geneviève: Tension – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/07/tension.html
Kristina: This isn’t quite a poem – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/this-isnt-quite-a-poem/
Franck: Vallée de la Volta – 2e partie – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/vallee-de-la-volta-2e-partie/
Franck: Nouvelles diverses – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/nouvelles-diverses/
Geneviève: Global engineers or global friends? – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/08/global-engineers-or-global-friends.html
Jordan: Of Life and Death, but mostly death: Part 1- The magic of a newborn baby – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/of-life-and-death-but-mostly-death-part-1-the-magic-of-a-newborn-baby/
Jordan: Of Life and Death, but mostly death: Part 2- The fate of Jimmy the goat – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/of-life-and-death-but-mostly-death-part-2-the-fate-of-jimmy-the-goat/
Jordan: Of Life and Death, but mostly death: Part 3- The last part – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/of-life-and-death-but-mostly-death-part-3-the-last-part/
Tessa: It’s in the hands – http://postcardsfrommalawi.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/its-in-the-hands/
Lauren: Human resources and barriers to development – http://goneawaytheghanaway.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/human-resources-and-barriers-to-development/
Mina: Motorcycle Diaries! – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/motorcycle-diaries/
Don: And, we’re back – http://impactnotintent.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/and-were-back/
Duncan: Fitting innovation in – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/09/05/fitting-innovation-in/
Lauren: The need for open, shared data – http://goneawaytheghanaway.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/the-need-for-open-shared-data/
Geneviève: All those little things – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/09/all-those-little-things.html
Tessa: The story of home in Sakhome – http://postcardsfrommalawi.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/the-story-of-home-in-sakhome/
Mina: New Beginnings – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/new-beginnings
Anthony: Commit – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/931
Siera: Agricultural Extension and development – http://mydevelopmentdiary.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/agricultural-extension-and-development/
Robin: 2 Years Down – http://addictedtoimpact.blogspot.com/2011/09/2-years-down.html
Geneviève: Playing your house on the stock market – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/09/playing-your-house-on-stock-market.html
Duncan: Reminders – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/09/12/reminders/
Kristina: A week at the office – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/a-week-at-the-office/
Kristina: Ndipita ku gomo – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/ndipita-ku-gomo/
Geneviève: When life tips over and flips – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/09/when-life-tips-over-and-flips.html
Erin: Update – http://erinantcliffe.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/update/
Don: It’s all about the implementation – http://impactnotintent.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/its-all-about-the-implementation/
Erin: Days Like These – http://erinantcliffe.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/days-like-these/
Mina: Days Like Today – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/days-like-today/
Ben: Nasara’s Smile – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/2011/09/nasaras-smile/
Geneviève: Suit Up and Go Play – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/09/suit-up-and-go-play.html

Amusing and interesting things:

Caring for your Introvert – http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/03/caring-for-your-introvert/2696/
An African Chief in cabby’s clothing – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/nyregion/isaac-osei-taxi-driver-in-new-york-and-chief-in-ghana.html

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