Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

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/

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