Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Development Digest – 18/03/11

Here’s your weekly development digest – enjoy!

Note: This week EWB is featuring a campaign to encourage Canada to sign onto the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). Find out more about the campaign and add your voice here: http://yourvoice.ewb.ca/en/

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

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Japan news:

*Japan increases nuclear alert level – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/03/18/japan-nuclear-crisis-aid.html
The nuclear risk merits actions, but not global shutdowns – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/the-nuclear-risk-merits-actions-but-not-global-shutdowns/article1941822/
‘Fukushima 50’ risking their lives to try to prevent meltdown – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/fukushima-50-risking-their-lives-to-try-to-prevent-meltdown/article1946737/
Sticking together in a crisis – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/03/16/f-rfa-hildebrandt-japan-wednesday.html
Does Japan need your donation? – http://aidwatchers.com/2011/03/does-japan-need-your-donation/
RELATED: Why waiting to give to Japan is a good idea – http://goodintents.org/disaster/why-waiting-to-give-to-japan-is-a-good-idea
*RELATED: Well-meaning gestures that create more problems than they solve – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/well-meaning-gestures-that-create-more-problems-than-they-solve/article1946826/
Thomas Homer-Dixon: Our Fukushima Moment – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/our-fukushima-moment/article1946562/
Articles related to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan – http://goodintents.org/disaster/articles-related-to-the-earthquake-and-tsunami-in-japan

Global news:

Transition in Egypt: the challenges of going beyond a democratic facade – http://blogs.odi.org.uk/blogs/main/archive/2011/03/17/57652.aspx
*UN body authorizes military intervention in Libya – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/03/un-body-authorises-military-intervention-in-libya/
RELATED: Military intervention in Libya may already be irrelevant – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/03/military-intervention-in-libya-may-already-be-irrelevant/
Big trouble in little Bahrain – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/big-trouble-in-little-bahrain/article1946777/
Map: protests spread in Middle East – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/01/26/f-unrest-north-africa-middle-east.html
Abbas won’t run for re-election, offers to visit Gaza – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/abbas-wont-run-for-re-election-hamas-pushed-to-unite-gaza-with-pa/article1943844/
UAE to hold second ever election in September – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/uae-to-hold-second-ever-election-in-september/article1944260/
Airbus faces manslaughter charges – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/03/17/airbus-crash-charges.html
Spy Games – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/03/11/spy_games?page=full
As crisis unfolds around him, Obama seems curiously unengaged – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/konrad-yakabuski/as-crises-unfold-around-him-obama-seems-curiously-unengaged/article1946808/
Deadly US strike in Pakistan kills 38 civilians – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/deadly-us-strike-in-pakistan-kills-38-civilians/article1945699/

Africa news:

Protests in Burkina Faso – http://sahelblog.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/protests-in-burkina-faso/
Plumbing grey data for clear water – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/03/southern-africa-plumbing-grey-data-for-clear-water/
The extended family: blessing or burden? – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/03/zambia-the-extended-family-blessing-or-burden/
*Cote D’Ivoire: Paradise lost – http://www.economist.com/node/21016804
Horrors in Ivory Coast – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/18/opinion/18fri4.html
Oumarou accepts defeat in Niger presidential vote – http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110316/wl_africa_afp/nigervoteoumarou_20110316192937

Ghana news:

Five million Ghanaians practice open defecation – http://allafrica.com/stories/201103110253.html
Ghana prepares bill on local content in oil and gas industry – http://allafrica.com/stories/201103110259.html
Ghana’s Jubilee Oil field to produce 120,000 barrels daily by July – http://allafrica.com/stories/201103160924.html

Canada news:

Canada to give Egypt $11M for democratic change – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/03/16/canada-egypt-funding123.html
CF-18 jets to help enforce Libya no-fly zone – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/03/17/libya-red-cross031711.html
*How a wild week ahead could bring election – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/03/16/pol-weston-house.html
Harper government to be found in contempt: could trigger election call – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/harper-government-to-be-found-in-contempt-could-trigger-election-call/article1946464/
Gay rights referenced in new citizenship guide – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/03/14/citizenship-guide-gay-rights205.html

Agriculture news:

Ivory Coast cocoa embargo hurting smallscale farmers – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/03/ivory-coast-cocoa-embargo-hurting.html
Agricultural policy is gender policy – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/03/agricultural-policy-is-gender-policy/
Sustainable intensification of agriculture in Africa – http://www.farmingfirst.org/2011/03/sustainable-intensification-of-agriculture-in-africa
Strombo named WFP ambassador – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/03/15/stroumboulopoulos-un-wfp.html
RELATED: celebrities recruited to raise awareness of world agriculture crisis – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/celebrities-recruited-to-raise-awareness-of-world-agriculture-crisis/article1943558/

Development thinking:

Be CAREful when donating – http://www.aviewfromthecave.com/2011/03/be-careful-when-donating.html
The ugly game of relief for Japan – http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/03/guest-post-the-ugly-game-of-relief-for-japan/
What do poor people want? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/mar/17/what-poor-people-want
Aid: good intentions are not enough – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/17/humanitarian-aid-good-intentions-not-enough
8 uses for social media in aid work – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/8-uses-for-social-media-in-aid-work/
Google’s quest to build a better boss – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/business/13hire.html?_r=1
RELATED:Being a good boss vs. being a great social entrepreneur –  http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/03/15/being-a-good-boss-versus-being-a-great-social-entrepreneur/
Aid delivery: cash, cheques and credibility – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/mar/18/nancy-birdsall-cash-on-delivery-debate
HBR: Failure is failure – http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/03/failure_is_failure.html

EWB blog posts:

Ben: Friday Flims series (Ben is posting 1 film – or “flim” as they say in Ghana – every Friday for 10 weeks) –
Untapped Markets: Why is the inputs sector a lever for change? – http://blogs.ewb.ca/avc/2011/03/why-is-the-inputs-sector-a-lever-for-change/
Untapped Markets: Whose business is it really? – http://blogs.ewb.ca/avc/2011/03/who%E2%80%99s-business-is-it-really/
Genevieve: When the curtain falls – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/03/when-curtain-falls.html
Anthony: Hidden in plain sight – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/777
Joanne: A troubled kid – http://zambiajo.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/a-troubled-kid/
Genevieve: The things we take for granted – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/03/things-we-take-for-granted.html
Duncan: Water Wellness Abroad (links to guest posts) – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/03/15/water-wellness-abroad/
Joanne: Zam-servation #1 – http://zambiajo.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/zam-servation-1-all-in-a-days-work/
Untapped Markets: So let me get this straight: you work with rich mango farmers? – http://blogs.ewb.ca/avc/2011/03/so-let-me-get-this-straight-you-work-with-rich-mango-farmers/
Dan B: The 3 R’s – http://questionstoquestions.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/the-3-rs/
Colleen: Secondary effects of deceit – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1462

Amusement:

I ❤ xkcd – http://xkcd.com/871/
Responsible travel means “not haggling over wooden beads” – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/03/africa-responsible-travel-means-not-haggling-over-wooden-beads/
Reintegration – http://lindsaydispatches.blogspot.com/2011/03/reintegration_15.html
Fresh evidence for expanding universe – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/03/15/tech-hubble-universe-expansion.html

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