Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Development Digest – 22/04/11

Here’s your weekly development digest. Enjoy!

Special thanks again to Sylvie Spraakman for contributing the Canada news section!

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

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Canada news:

Strategic voting groups have lofty goals – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/story/2011/04/15/cv-election-vote-swap.html
Coalition talk returns to campaign: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/story/2011/04/21/cv-election-day27.html
Elections agency to probe harassing calls: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/04/19/cv-election-liberal-harassing-calls.html
Anti-abortion groups shaped Tory funding policy on Planned Parenthood: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/978054–anti-abortion-groups-shaped-tory-funding-police-on-planned-parenthood
Guergis: Harper ‘tossed me under a bus’: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/story/2011/04/15/cv-election-day21.html
*CIDA: A broken agency that needs to be overhauled (featuring EWB staff James Haga!) – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/cida-a-broken-agency-that-needs-to-be-overhauled/article1990159/

Africa news:

*Ivory Coast’s develoment failures – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/apr/18/ivory-coast-development-failures
Nigerian elections: the good, the bad and the ugly – http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/04/18/nigerian_elections_the_good_the_bad_and_the_ugly
Nigeria riots leave many dead and hundreds injured – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/19/nigeria-riots-dead-injured
AU lifts sanctions on Ivory Coast – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/04/2011421145057736714.html
*Burkina Faso to hear soldiers’ grievances – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/04/201142002837350459.html
Cote D’Ivoire: hesitant steps toward normal life – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/04/cote-divoire-hesitant-steps-towards-normal-life/
China puts its mark on Malawi – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/04/china-puts-its-mark-on-malawi/
Trade: “A Doha round collapse is a betrayal of poor countries” – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/04/trade-a-doha-round-collapse-is-a-betrayal-of-poor-countries/
Libyan choice: starve or run – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/04/libyan-choice-starve-or-run/
Burkina Faso: the protest/mutiny movement is not over – http://sahelblog.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/burkina-faso-the-protest-mutiny-movement-is-not-over/

Ghana news:

Rawlings’ wife joins presidential race in Ghana – http://allafrica.com/stories/201104181842.html
Isam, politics and development: negotiating the future of Dagbon – http://allafrica.com/stories/201104190585.html
The Ya-Na murder trial: muddying the waters – http://allafrica.com/stories/201104190636.html
Of the local child and the cocoa farm – http://allafrica.com/stories/201104210769.html
New initiative to improve agric policies out – http://allafrica.com/stories/201104190934.html

Development thinking:

Got ‘Em: An Evaluation Story – http://www.how-matters.org/2011/04/17/got-em-an-evaluation-story/
*Big Business – http://talesfromethehood.com/2011/04/18/big-business
Ten things I didn’t want to know about aid ineffectiveness – http://bottomupthinking.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/ten-things-i-didnt-want-to-know-about-aid-ineffectiveness/
Aid blogging matters – beyond the front lines – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/aid-blogging-matters-beyond-the-front-lines/
Collecting “Three Cups of Tea” Posts (related to scandal with Greg Mortenson and his organization CAI) – http://goodintents.org/aid-debates/3-cups-of-tea
Has the microfinance bubble really burst? – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5161
RESPONSES to above – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5174
When users = funders – http://www.denniswhittle.com/2011/04/pleasing-your-users-rather-than-your.html
Owen Barder: sad farewell, exciting horizons – http://www.owen.org/blog/4540
Evidence and engagement: debating the UK Government’s new paradigm for water, sanitation and hygiene research – http://blogs.odi.org.uk/blogs/main/archive/2011/04/21/Nathaniel_Mason_water_sanitation_hygiene_WASH_evidence_lessons_Alan_Duncan.aspx
Decline and Fall (of Malawi as a development darling) – http://aidthoughts.org/?p=2391
*Confusing Success with Failure – http://www.aviewfromthecave.com/2011/04/confusing-success-with-failure.html
Fundamentally unknowable? Can we learn whether our firm policies in Africa are working? – http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/fundamentally-unknowable-can-we-learn-whether-our-firm-policies-in-africa-are-working
What is success, anyhow? – http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/what-is-success-anyhow
Six theories of policy change – http://aidontheedge.info/2011/04/20/six-theories-of-policy-change/

EWB blog posts:

Jordan: The joys of EWB field-work: Part 2 – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/the-joys-of-ewb-field-work-part-2
Erin: Big John’s Self-Help Super Microfinance Scheme – https://erinantcliffe.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/big-johns-self-help-super-microfinance-scheme/
Untapped Markets: Association-building: back in vogue in development-speak – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/04/association-building-back-in-vogue-in-development-speak/
Robin: Development work: a wild ride – http://addictedtoimpact.blogspot.com/2011/04/development-work-wild-ride.html
Dan B: Why do so many PDPs get abandoned? – http://questionstoquestions.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/why-do-so-many-pdps-get-abandoned/
Marie-Claire: On n’a pas le choix – http://extraitsduburkina.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/on-na-pas-le-choix/
Ben: Friday Flims: If the rains rain well – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/2011/04/if-the-rains-rain-well-friday-flims-6/

Amusing and interesting things:

Development jargon quiz – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/quiz/2011/apr/22/global-development-jargon-quiz
xkcd: The Future according to Google search results – http://xkcd.com/887/
The Grand Tour (an expat’s take on a Chinese tour of Europe) – http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/04/18/110418fa_fact_osnos?currentPage=all
Online Colour Challenge – http://www.xrite.com/custom_page.aspx?PageID=77&Lang=en

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