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EWB is hiring!

Hello fine people!

Whether you’ve been a long-time loyal reader or you’re new to this here blog scene, I hope I’ve painted an exciting picture of this complex work we call international development. Now, here’s your chance to get involved: EWB is hiring!

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Positions Available now! To apply, go http://ewb.ca/volunteer

In Agriculture:

Team Position Location
 Agriculture Value Chains Market Development Field Officer Ghana, Zambia and potentially Tanzania
Market Development Project Manager Ghana, Zambia and potentially Tanzania
Business Development Services Business Growth Specialist Potentially Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia
Public Sector Agriculture Development Seeker of New Models for Impact Ghana
Public Sector Agriculture Development Leadership Development Ghana
Entrepreneuriat Rural Agricole (Français) Agriculture Capacity Building Officer Burkina Faso

In Water and Sanitation:

Team Position Location
Water and Sanitation District Capacity Development and Decentralization Policy Analyst Malawi (This position is only available in the winter, not the fall. The start date will be in February 2012.)

In Governance and Rural Infrastructure:

Team Position Location
Governance and Rural Infrastructure  District Capacity Development and Decentralization Policy Analyst Ghana

What does it mean to be an EWB African Programs Staff (APS)?

These volunteer positions provide APS with incredible opportunities for professional growth as a social change leader, all while creating lasting impact in rural Africa. Being an APS means working with purpose, collaborating with African partners, and having a life-changing experience. EWB’s African Programs Staff are humble entrepreneurs that become powerful change agents working as part of a larger movement for Africa.

What do APS do?

All of EWB’s work is designed to help our local partner organizations do what they do better. Our APS add value to partners in a variety of ways including executing on project specific work, building management capacity, improving learning and accountability systems, increasing skills of field staff and creating stronger connections between different stakeholders.

Where are APS working?

EWB is currently working in Ghana, Malawi, Burkina Faso, and Zambia, and with new projects in Tanzania and Kenya.

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Maybe you’re thinking, “but I don’t know anything about development” – no problem! EWB has one of the best pre-departure and in-country training programs around. You will be a junior development expert within months, armed with a continuous learning mindset to keep adding to your knowledge base.

Maybe you’re thinking, “but I’m a development professional, I’m not sure about volunteering” – no problem! Are you sick of working in a bureaucratic organization that stifles your creativity? Do you wish you had the freedom to go out and explore your own ideas? Are you fed up with the way the development industry works? So are we! EWB allows development professionals to gain hands-on field experience leading their own initiatives while working to change the way development happens. That’s an opportunity.

Maybe you’re thinking, “but I’m old, this seems like an opportunity for young people” – no problem! EWB hires staff from all walks of life, from new grads to professionals with 20 years of experience. If you have the right attitudes, you will fit right in to our energetic, hard-working and resourceful teams.

Maybe you’re thinking, “but I don’t know if I can handle living in Africa” – no problem! Trust me, you can do anything if you put your mind to it and you’re well-prepared. You will challenge yourself in ways you never have before and you’ll come out the other side with the experience of a lifetime.

Maybe you’re thinking, “but I don’t know whether I’d be good at it” – no problem! That’s for us to decide 🙂 Apply and find out if the fit is right!

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When do I need to apply? When do these positions begin and end?

Applications for all of the above positions are due on July 3rd, 2011. Within two to four weeks of this closing date, all applicants will be contacted and interviews with selected candidates will begin. Training and departure for these positions will begin in mid-October 2011. All positions require a minimum commitment of one year.

Not ready to make the commitment yet? Don’t worry. EWB opens new rounds of applications several times a year. Think about what this opportunity means for you, then check back for the next round of applications!

How do I get more information? How do I get involved?

Of course, if this sounds like an exciting opportunity but you have questions or concerns, please get in touch using either the comments section or the Contact form in the tab above. I’m happy to talk to anyone about my amazing job and your opportunities to work with EWB!

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Details on EWB’s work in Africa

Having Impact in Governance and Rural Services

EWB believes in the potential of public services such as water, education, and agriculture extension and ensuring that people who aren’t yet well connected to markets can still get the support needed to grow their business and raise a healthy family. EWB is working with governments who are far ahead in terms of decentralization and minimized corruption (currently this work is happening in Ghana and Malawi). We work with them to continue the process of decentralization. We work with them to develop state of the art monitoring tools that can guide resource investment at all levels. We work with them to invest in their management and field services to ensure that the services provided are backed by talented leaders.

Creating Change in Agricultural Businesses

In Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, EWB is investing in the agriculture sector – the main employer and export earner in most developing countries – as a way to unlock African prosperity. Historically, Western aid has focused on dispersing subsidized fertilizer, hybrid seeds, and machines, or purchasing products from farmers as a functioning private sector would. Regrettably, these efforts simply distort markets and prevent private sector growth. There is no reward for the innovation and risk required to work in the private sector, so the cycle continues. So EWB is addressing the underlying issues, working with existing organizations that have the ability to greatly impact the agricultural sector, fostering entrepreneurial, private sector growth and helping farmers develop new business skills. These organizations include – NGOs, private businesses, impact investors and major donors.

Driving Results in Water and Sanitation

EWB believes that the persistent water and sanitation challenges in Malawi, and in much of the rest of the developing world, are due to inefficient investment rather than lack of investment. EWB realizes that while drilling wells is an important part of the solution, it will never be long-term without a systemic approach. So EWB focuses on changing the system to support these outputs. One example is the creation of a simple water-point mapping and monitoring system that relies on coordination withexisting government programs to get the data. In short, it identifies broken outputs, the places where new outputs are needed most and the best location for them (strong water supply). The water mapping system is now functioning in 11 out of 28 districts in Malawi with plans to expand countrywide. EWB is also working with the government and communities to create functioning business models for water delivery, then sharing their findings within the sector and with the national government, influencing change.

Become a part of this important work by applying for one of the unique new African Programs Staff (APS) positions available in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania or Zambia.


Development Digest – 24/06/11

Here’s your weekly development digest. Enjoy!
Thanks Sylvie for the Canadian news!

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

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Canada news:

Tempers flare as MPs debate ordering Canada Post staff back to work: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/tempers-flare-as-mps-debate-ordering-canada-post-staff-back-to-work/article2072401/
Petition against internet ‘lawful action’ bills: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/23/technology-internet-intercept-lawful-petition.html
Afghan detainee records still hold questions, MPs say: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/22/afghan-detainee-documents.html
MPs slam Tories for blocking asbestos listing: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/23/pol-asbestos-blocked.html
Oilsands blamed for caribou decline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/22/science-caribou-oilsands.html
Police under fire as fresh statistics show charges dropped in 59% of cases: http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/article/1012198–police-under-fire-as-fresh-statistics-show-charges-dropped-in-59-of-g20-cases
Harper’s public service cuts will hurt water protection: http://www.canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=8297
Electing the senate: worst idea ever (commentary): http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/second-reading/gerald-caplan/electing-the-senate-worst-idea-in-the-history-of-the-planet/article2055951/
New banknotes revealed: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/20/canada-currency-bills.html
Funny (and depressing): Can a redaction be revealing? This one is! http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/23/pol-vp-milewski-redaction-afghan-docs.html

Africa news:

Madagascar faces new locust threat – http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/decapua-madagascar-locusts-21jun11-124281684.html
African jitters over blogs and social media – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13786143
*Africa’s new generation is using social media to push for change – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jun/17/social-media-transforming-communication-africa
West Africa Rising: Heroin, cocaine traffickers find more buyers at home – http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/Africa-Monitor/2011/0621/West-Africa-Rising-Heroin-cocaine-traffickers-find-more-buyers-at-home
Ghana’s vice-president visits D.C., lives live out loud – from Twitter to Facebook – http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ghanas-vice-president-visits-dc-lives-life-out-loud–from-twitter-to-facebook/2011/06/17/AGBh36eH_story.html
Tony Blair: Africa needs stronger governments to emerge from poverty – http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/jun/17/tony-blair-stronger-african-governments
Ghana: Let Them Be Gay – http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/06/20/ghana-let-them-be-gay/
Burkina Faso losing thousands of hectares of forests each year – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/06/burkina-faso-losing-thousands-of-hectares-of-forests-each-year/
Ghana: Bush-burning threatening food security – http://allafrica.com/stories/201106241197.html

Agriculture news:

Ghana provides opportunity for Indian farmer – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/ghana-provides-opportunity-for-indian.html
Successful African alternatives to corporate ‘green revolutions’ – http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/71991
*The war on Africa’s family farmers – http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/72302
Stop demonizing foreign investors in agriculture, they’re not grabbing land – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/stop-demonising-foreign-investors-in.html
Zambeef to raise funds for expansion – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/uk-listed-zambian-agri-concern-to-raise.html
Organic pesticides: not an oxymoron – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/organic-pesticides-not-oxymoron.html
*Food prices: how high will they go by 2020? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jun/17/food-prices-projections-oecd
RELATED: Food prices to stay high this decade on demand, slowing output – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-17/food-prices-will-stay-high-for-next-decade-on-slowing-output-un-oecd-say.html
RELATED: Rising food prices are changing what we eat reveals new study – http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/pressroom/pressrelease/2011-06-15/rising-food-prices-changing-what-we-eat-new-global-food-survey
US House passes $125.5 billion agriculture spending bill – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304186404576389923669966928.html
Spotlight G-20: Agriculture Ministers should strengthen government role in volatile markets – http://iatp.typepad.com/thinkforward/2011/06/spotlight-g-20-agriculture-ministers-should-strengthen-government-role-in-volatile-markets.html
RELATED: Main points from the meeting of G20 Agriculture Ministers – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jun/23/g20-agriculture-summit-main-points
RELATED: Verdict on G20 food summit? Dismal, please try harder – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5902
Why Kufuor won the World Food Prize – http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2011/06/24/why-kufour-won-the-world-food-prize/

Development thinking:

*The future of funding: development aid as an investment – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-silverstein/the-future-of-funding-dev_b_877065.html
Rajiv Shah: Our aid work is for the American people – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jun/15/rajiv-shah-america-aid
How to scale up sustainable energy: answers from the Ashden Awards – http://www.iied.org/sustainable-markets/blog/how-scale-sustainable-energy-answers-ashden-awards
Do your donors want you to use social media? – http://exchange.causes.com/2011/06/do-your-donors-want-you-to-use-social-media/
Learning by Doing – http://bottomupthinking.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/learning-by-doing/
What makes health-workers get up in the morning? Paying-for-performance and worker motivation – http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/what-makes-health-workers-get-up-in-the-morning-paying-for-performance-and-worker-motivation
*What does a theory of change look like? – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5864
RELATED: I’ve got a theory (of change) – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/ive-got-a-theory-of-change/
How can research funders work better with INGOs like Oxfam? – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5843
Should we pay less for vaccines? – http://www.owen.org/blog/4649
What we REALLY need – http://talesfromethehood.com/2011/06/21/what-we-really-need/
Sudan: A Beginner’s Guide – http://morealtitude.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/sudan-a-beginners-guide/
Data Without Borders: Why I want to change the world – http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jun/23/data-without-borders-jake-porway

EWB blog posts:

Colleen: trying to travel to Tamale on time… – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1526
Franck: About time! (and work) – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/about-time-and-work/
Robin: Class, Culture and Concepts of Community – http://addictedtoimpact.blogspot.com/2011/06/class-culture-and-concepts-of-community.html

Amusing and interesting things:

The Best Investment You Can Make – http://blogs.hbr.org/haque/2011/06/the_best_investment_you_can_ma.html
The Summoned Self – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/03/opinion/03brooks.html
AudienceScapes really cool online data analysis tool! – http://www.audiencescapesdata.org/adscap/ASQuestions.jsp#
Turning Good Intentions into Good Actions – http://goodintents.org/volunteering-overseas/intentions-into-action


Development Digest – 17/06/11

Here’s your weekly development digest. Enjoy!

Thanks Sylvie for the Canadian news!

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

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Global news:

Fukushima: it’s much worse than you think – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/201161664828302638.html
Greek lawmakers quit as crisis gathers pace – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304186404576389160569790244.html
One more down – http://www.economist.com/node/18837235?story_id=18837235
Weiner steps down under pressure – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304186404576389422646672178.html
Straight guy in Scotland – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/06/13/straight_guy_in_scotland
US universities in Africa ‘land grab’ – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/08/us-universities-africa-land-grab?&CMP=EMCGBLEML1625
Chart of the Day: For American workers, no economic recovery – http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/06/chart-of-the-day-for-american-workers-no-economic-recovery.php
Saudi women take wheel to protest driving ban – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/06/17/saudi-women-driving-ban.html
Deaths as fresh protests rock Syria – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/06/2011617104839976447.html
Afghanistan worst place in the world for women, but India in top 5 – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/15/worst-place-women-afghanistan-india
Tunisia: Ben Ali trial to begin in absentia, 20 June – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-13752786

Canada news:

Afghan enrolment claim fail to make grade; school numbers don’t add up – http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/afghan-enrolment-claims-fail-to-make-grade-school-numbers-dont-add-up-115705699.html
*Vancouver reels in riot aftermath: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/06/16/bc-riot-thursday.html
Conservatives ready Air Canada back-to-work legislation: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1009859–conservatives-ready-legislation-to-end-air-canada-strike
Incomes in Canada: Booming or busted http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/progressive-economics-forum/2011/06/incomes-canada-booming-and-busted
CBC contributes $3.7B to economy says study: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/15/cbc-economic-impact.html
Family ripped apart as immigration says son with Asperger’s ‘inadmissable’: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1008827–family-ripped-apart-immigration-says-son-with-asperger-s-inadmissible
Canada’s mission to Libya extended: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/14/pol-libya-debate.html
Rae slams Conservatives over double standard spending: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/14/pol-rae-spending.html
NDP: Shut down Canada’s asbestos industry: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/14/asbestos-ndp-health.html
Riverdale & Junction to become world’s first urban carbon neutral neighbourhood: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1007253–riverdale-junction-vie-to-become-world-s-first-urban-carbon-neutral-neighbourhood
Budget watchdog warns of future cuts: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/with-6000-jobs-on-chopping-block-budget-watchdog-warns-of-deeper-cuts/article2058469/
Kitchener-Waterloo: Rail plan passes – http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/548497–rail-plan-passes
Sun News Network – Canada’s new comedy central TV – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/television/john-doyle/sun-news-network-canadas-new-comedy-central-tv/article2052345/
The Biggest Losers (the Liberals) – http://www.walrusmagazine.com/articles/2011.07-politics-the-biggest-losers/
Almost 1/3 of rich Canadians born abroad: BMO – http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2011/06/14/harris-decima-millionaire.html
RIM shares plunge 21% – http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2011/06/17/rim-blackberry-open.html
Alberta medical dean accused of plagiarism resigns – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2011/06/17/edmonton-dean-medicine-resigns.html

Africa news:

African trade deal needs more than good intentions – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-news/global-exchange/african-trade-deal-needs-more-than-good-intentions/article2061809/
RELATED: African countries getting a raw deal in land leases – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/african-countries-getting-raw-deal-in.html
African Development Bank delivers bullish verdict on continent’s future – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jun/10/african-development-bank-bullish-report?&CMP=EMCGBLEML1625
Burkina Faso: Mutiny suppressed, but questions remain – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/06/burkina-faso-mutiny-suppressed-but-questions-remain/
Understanding black power in South Africa – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/06/2011616102931101703.html
*Africa and the Internet: a 21st century human rights issue? – http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/Africa-Monitor/2011/0613/Africa-and-the-Internet-a-21st-century-human-rights-issue
Go doodle Ghana – http://google-africa.blogspot.com/2011/06/go-doodle-ghana.html
Ghana: What about the projects? – http://allafrica.com/stories/201106150781.html

Agriculture news:

Building a bean-to-bar chocolate company in one of the poorest countries in the world – http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2011/profile/madecasse.php
Reframing the young people agriculture nexus – http://www.future-agricultures.org/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=49&Itemid=473
Organic agriculture: deeply rooted in science and ecology – http://www.grist.org/sustainable-farming/2011-04-20-eliot-coleman-essay-organic
*Food crises: five priorities for the G20 – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jun/16/food-crises-five-priorities-g20
A warming planet struggles to feed itself – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/science/earth/05harvest.html

Development thinking:

New winds of change blowing in the developing world – http://www.afrik-news.com/article19231.html
*In praise of pragmatism – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/in-praise-of-pragmatism-2293820.html
Who is ‘the development industry’? – http://aidnography.blogspot.com/2011/06/who-is-development-industry.html
Responding to some of the criticisms of GROW – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5769
Is the blogging bubble about to burst? – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5790
Fruit salad, chocolate cake, cognitive control and poverty – http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/fruit-salad-chocolate-cake-cognitive-control-and-poverty
Happiness as development – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/06/happiness-as-development.php
*Putting solutions on trial: Impact evaluation and the Millennium Villages Experiment in Africa – http://www.bostonreview.net/BR36.3/michael_clemens_millennium_villages_project.php
Responding to some of the criticisms of GROW – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5769

EWB blog posts:

Jordan: Pimp my ride… Malawi edition – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/pimp-my-ride-malawi-edition/
Bernard: Pensées au hasard vol. 2 – http://bernardauburkina.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/pensees-au-hasard-vol-2/
Franck: Tranche de vie – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/tranche-de-vie/
Kristina: Pictures – Ntcheu – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/pictures-ntcheu
Dan Boland: Great ideas… stalled – http://questionstoquestions.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/great-ideas-stalled/
Anthony: Working in a new direction – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/789
Brian: Living in the present vs. indulging in negativity – http://liveworklearnbrianinghana.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/enjoying-the-present-vs-indulging-in-negativity/
Brian: A day in the life – http://liveworklearnbrianinghana.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/a-day-in-the-life/
Kristina: Where there’s smoke… – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/where-theres-smoke/

SPECIAL SECTION: EWB’s recent efforts on Parliament Hill

CIDA could save 7 million annually: Engineers Without Borders – http://ipolitics.ca/2011/06/14/cida-could-save-7-million-annually-engineers-without-borders/
Stop Canada’s foreign waste: NGO – http://www.torontosun.com/2011/06/14/stop-canadas-foreign-aid-waste-ngo
Foreign aid can be better spent: group – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/14/pol-foreign-aid.html
Engineering students teach MPs about transparency – http://www.metronews.ca/ottawa/local/article/890038–engineering-students-teach-mps-about-transparency

Amusing and interesting things:

16 Things you didn’t know about Africa – http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/devoutreach/article/1040/16-things-you-didnt-know-about-africa
Canadians score lower on risk tolerance – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/canadians-score-lower-on-risk-tolerance/article2060767/
A Roadmap for the Planet – http://www.newsweek.com/2011/06/12/bjorn-lomborg-explains-how-to-save-the-planet.html


Development Digest – 10/06/11

Here’s your weekly development digest. Enjoy!

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

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Global news:

Worst ever carbon emissions leave climate on the brink – http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/29/carbon-emissions-nuclearpower
Is North Korea really hungry? – http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/05/24/idINIndia-57227120110524
Tiananmen Square anniversary draws huge crowds – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/06/05/world-china-tiananmen-square-anniversary-crackdown.html
Chile volcano eruption forces mass evacuation – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/06/2011650142859590.html
The end of aids? – http://www.economist.com/node/18774722?fsrc=scn/tw/te/ar/theendofaids
F1 fact-finding report finds “NO indication of any problems” in Bahrain – http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/06/07/f1_fact_finding_report_finds_no_indication_of_any_problems_in_bahrain
Breaking the silence on HIV in Egypt  – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/201165121229225310.html
Nepal: Low road through the Himalayas – http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2011/05/aid-and-corruption-nepal?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/lowroadthroughthehimalayas
China overtakes US as top energy consumer – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/08/china-top-energy-consumer_n_873007.html
Fukushima nuclear plant may have suffered ‘melt-through’, Japan admits – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/08/fukushima-nuclear-plant-melt-through
UN member states agree on universal access to AIDS treatment – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/americas/un-member-states-agree-on-universal-access-to-aids-treatment/article2052699/
German tests link bean sprouts to deadly E. coli – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13725953

Canada news:

True North reaches goal of selling 13,000 season tickets for Winnipeg NHL team – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prairies/true-north-reaches-goal-for-selling-13000-season-tickets-for-winnipeg-nhl-team/article2047539/
Yes, we must pay attention to judges’ values – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/yes-we-must-pay-attention-to-judges-values/article2050569/
No hospital wait for ‘buddies’ of Alta. politicians: doctor – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2011/06/07/calgary-alberta-doctors-waiting-health-care.html
Hate crime reports jump by 42% in Canada – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/07/hate-crimes-statscan.html
EPA faults State Department review of TransCanada pipeline – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-07/epa-faults-state-department-review-of-transcanada-pipeline-1-.html
Bringing fair trade to our own backyard – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/business-categories/sustainability/bringing-fair-trade-to-our-own-back-yard/article2051628/
Canada confirms it will reject new Kyoto protocol – http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/08/climate-canada-idUSLDE75719C20110608
Disheartened Canucks fans take to the streets – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/06/08/bc-canucks-fans-post-game-4.html
Brian Stewart: Canada in Kandahar, wrong place, wrong time – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/08/f-vp-stewart.html
PM jets to Bruins game amidst belt-tightening: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/opposition-blows-gasket-as-pm-jets-to-canucks-bruins-game/article2051914/
Police name tags raised at G20 review: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/06/05/g20-police-name-badges.html
NWT oil pipeline leak estimate grows: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2011/06/06/nwt-enbridge-pipeline-leak.html
User fees an ‘option’ in budget cuts: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/08/pol-clement-cuts.html
Budget 2011: don’t look behind the curtain: http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2011/06/06/budget-2011-don%E2%80%99t-look-behind-the-curtain/
Brigette DePape on why she did it: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1005119–why-i-did-it-senate-page-explains-her-throne-speech-protest

Africa news:

Britain stops fertilizer subsidy support to Malawi – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/britain-stops-fertilizer-subsidy.html
Photos: Barrick Gold mine in Tanzania – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/photos-barrick-gold-mine-in-tanzania/article2050921/
Malawi courts disaster by shunning aid – http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/03/africa-money-idUSLDE75118C20110603?rpc=401
Burkina Faso: Bloody end to Bobo Dioulasso mutiny – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13656137
Burkina Faso: Compaore regime moves to halt protests – http://sahelblog.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/burkina-faso-compaore-regime-moves-to-halt-protests/
China’s changing tone on African investment – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/201167142556551565.html
Tunisia postpones election, possibly aiding new parties – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/world/africa/09tunis.html
Tunisia offers wake-up call for development – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jun/09/african-development-bank-tunisia

Ghana news:

*The sweet story of Divine Chocolates – http://www.good.is/post/the-first-chocolate-company-co-owned-by-cocoa-farmers/
Brewer accused of depriving poor countries of millions in revenue – http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/nov/29/sabmiller-india-africa-actionaid-report
5 reasons why Ghana is the next African App powerhouse – http://www.afri-love.com/2011/06/5-reasons-why-ghana-will-be-the-next-african-app-powerhouse.html

Agriculture news:

Rice is king, but at a price – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/rice-is-king-but-at-price.html
Ghana 2010-11 cocoa purchases up 55% – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/ghana-2010-11-cocoa-purchases-up-55.html
AGRA, USDA sign MoU – http://www.agra-alliance.org/content/news/detail/1291
Agriculture needs investors, not speculators, Le Maire says – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-07/agriculture-needs-investors-not-speculators-le-maire-says-1-.html
The rising cost of food – get the data – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/datablog/2011/jun/07/rising-cost-of-food
GRAPHIC: A decade of global food prices – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/datablog/interactive/2011/jun/07/decade-global-food-prices
No-till planting gaining popularity – http://www.recorderonline.com/news/gaining-48969-began-method.html
Food security has global implications – http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/56342.html
Zambia: The art of farming: tackling food security through preservation of vegetables – http://allafrica.com/stories/201106040039.html
Gates Foundation Challenge winners – http://www.gatesfoundation.org/agriculturaldevelopment/Pages/answering-the-challenge.aspx

Development thinking:

Aid policy: what the numbers don’t tell you – http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=92853
*Innovation starts with disruptive hypotheses. Here’s how to create one – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663970/innovation-starts-with-disruptive-hypotheses-heres-how-to-create-one
Choosing the IMF’s next leader – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/06/20116314159855509.html
*Why can’t more poor people escape poverty? – http://www.tnr.com/article/environment-energy/89377/poverty-escape-psychology-self-control
The Wickedness behind most 21st-century leadership failures – http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/06/the_wickedness_behind_most_lea.html
Why haven’t politicians heeded the wisdom of EF Schumacher? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jun/08/fritz-schumacher-economic-environmental-visionary
Brazil declares war on ‘chronic poverty’ – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/07/brazil-dilma-rousseff-poverty-eradication
Impact without Boundaries – http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/06/08/impact-without-boundaries/
*Porter: CUSO veteran Ian Smillie says there’s always been a concern about ‘dead aid’ – http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1005080–porter-cuso-veteran-ian-smillie-says-there-s-always-been-concern-about-dead-aid
Visualizing privilege – http://www.aviewfromthecave.com/2011/06/visualizing-privilege.html
How can you do influencing work in one-party states? –  http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5689
The first ever World Disability Report – what took them so long? – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5730
Good and bad reasons to work on knowledge management – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/good-and-bad-reasons-to-work-on-knowledge-management
Moving into the real world – http://talesfromethehood.com/2011/06/08/moving-into-the-real-world/
Simpsons quotes for aid agencies- http://aidontheedge.info/2011/06/06/simpsons-quotes-for-aid-agencies/
Rajiv Shah on breakthroughs in development – http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rajiv-shah-on-breakthroughs-development?page=1
Why I use social media – http://marcfbellemare.com/wordpress/2011/06/why-i-use-social-media/{

EWB blog posts:

Mina: The Industry – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/the-industry/
Colleen: Inspiring a life of immersion – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1504
Franck: Marathon Transatlantique – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/marathon-outre-atlantique/
Franck: Transatlantic Marathon, English Version – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/transatlantic-marathon-english-version
Duncan: The target beneficiary – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/06/08/the-target-beneficiary/
Mark Hemsworth: Great paragraph on Social Enterprises – http://markhemsworth.blogspot.com/2011/06/great-paragraph-on-social-enterprises.html
Kristina: More challenges of interpretation – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/more-challenges-of-interpretation/
Tessa: Let’s talk about sanitation – http://postcardsfrommalawi.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/lets-talk-about-sanitation/
Marie-Claire: Vendredi matin, 6h – http://extraitsduburkina.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/vendredi-matin-6h/
Marie-Claire: Un monde de projets – http://extraitsduburkina.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/un-monde-de-projets/
Mina: Chasing more? – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/chasing-more/
Jordan: The only thing certain, is uncertainty – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/the-only-thing-certain-is-uncertainty/

Amusing and interesting things:

It’s not about you – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/opinion/31brooks.html
People are not cogs – http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/06/people_are_not_cogs.html
Fox confuses Tina Fey for Sarah Palin – http://www.salon.com/news/2011/06/06/fos_tine_fey_sarah_palin
Who’s afraid of Sarah Palin? – http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2011/06/republican-nomination?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/whosafraidofpalin
Watch A Tugboat Drag An Arctic Iceberg To Parched People Half A World Away – http://www.fastcompany.com/1755444/tugboat-vs-iceberg-video
The news article is breaking up – http://www.businessinsider.com/the-news-article-is-breaking-up-2011-6
*The value of following passion in a jobless world – http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/06/the-value-of-following-passion-in-a-jobless-world/239899/
When a Nobel Prize isn’t enough – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/opinion/06diamond.html


Development Digest – 03/06/11

Here’s your weekly development digest. Enjoy!

Special thanks 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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Global news:

*Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/22/middle-east-protest-interactive-timeline
WHO says European E. coli strain has never been seen before – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/europe/who-says-european-e-coli-strain-has-never-been-seen-before/article2044128/
Japan’s PM says he’ll resign after nuclear crisis overcome – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/japans-pm-says-hell-resign-once-nuclear-crisis-overcome/article2044103/
Protesters ‘killed’ in Syrian town – http://english.aljazeera.net/video/middleeast/2011/06/20116235012973293.html
Syrian abuses are ‘crimes against humanity’ – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/06/201161184642132562.html
Yemen president speaks after atack – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/06/201163125916642890.html
Security forces attack Bahraini protesters – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/06/20116122426560161.html
Obama’s illegal war – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/06/01/obamas_illegal_war

Canada news:

Enlarging house of commons, Quebec denounces, West praises: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/quebec-denounces-western-premiers-praise-plan-to-enlarge-house-of-commons/article2045487/
Government can’t balance budget by 2014 – watchdog says: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1000870–government-can-t-balance-books-by-2014-watchdog
Canada Post goes on strike: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-post-strike-begins-as-workers-walk-out-in-winnipeg/article2045582/
Ottawa public sector layoffs may be tip of iceberg: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-public-sector-layoffs-may-be-tip-of-the-iceberg/article2043917/<
Royal newlyweds to visit 7 Canadian cities: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/30/calgary-canada-royal-visit-william-kate.html
Summer going to be warmer than usual this year in Canada: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/01/summer-forecast.html
PM ‘Afghanistan no longer a threat to the world’ in Kandahar: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/pms-farewell-to-kandahar-afghanistan-is-no-longer-a-threat-to-the-world/article2039994/
GDP Report: awfully weak tea leaves: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/progressive-economics-forum/2011/05/gdp-report-awfully-weak-tea-leaves
Ford asks court to halt audit of his campaign finances: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/999592–ford-asks-court-to-halt-audit-of-his-campaign-finances
Jason Kenney re-hires aide who sent Tory appeal on Commons letterhead: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/jason-kenney-re-hires-aide-who-sent-tory-appeal-on-commons-letterhead/article2039802/
Luongo, Canucks blank Bruins – http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/stanleycup/story/2011/06/01/sp-bruins-canucks-game1.html

Africa news:

Terror in Abyei – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/31/terror_in_abyei
Academic freedom demonstration in Zomba, Malawi – http://habanahaba.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/academic-freedom-demonstration-in-zomba-malawi/
Asia eyes Burkina Faso – http://the-diplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2011/05/20/asia-eyes-burkina-faso/
Reports of abuses stain new Ivorian president’s record – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/06/reports-of-abuses-stain-new-ivorian-presidents-record/
Explosions greet Nigerian president’s new term – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/05/explosions-greet-nigerian-presidents-new-term-2/
NATO extends its mission in Libya – http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/world-africa-13616794
Burkina Faso Presidential Guard take on mutineers – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13644545
Canadian High Commission ‘sabotages’ ISODEC – http://allafrica.com/stories/201105302056.html

Agriculture news:

Malawi to reap another maize bumper harvest – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/malawi-to-reap-another-maize-bumper.html
Burkina Faso’s farming miracle – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/burkina-fasos-farming-miracle.html
Burkina Faso: Organic cotton under threat from GM cotton – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/burkina-faso-organic-cotton-under.html
Global food crisis: towards a ‘doubly green’ world – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/31/global-food-crisis-agriculture-production
*Global food crisis: smallholder agriculture can be good for the poor and for the planet – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jun/01/smallholder-agriculture-farming-good-poor-planet
Fast track out of poverty: farm labour or smallholder? – http://www.iied.org/sustainable-markets/key-issues/market-governance/fast-track-out-poverty-farm-labour-or-smallholder
PAPER: Leveraging private sector investment in developing country agrifood systems – http://paepard.blogspot.com/2011/05/leveraging-private-sector-investment-in.html
INFOGRAPHIC: Growing better rice for a hungry world – http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1105/rice/flat.html

Development thinking:

GROW: Oxfam’s new global campaign – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5591
The GROW campaign website: http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/
The killer facts behind the GROW campaign – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5620
*Why is the new Oxfam campaign called GROW? The importance of framing – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5613
Grow: the good, the bad and the uncertain – http://aidthoughts.org/?p=2533

*An unlikely path to aid: paying to set up think tanks – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/an-unlikely-path-to-aid-paying-to-set-up-think-tanks/article2030174/
Blame it on the speculators, why don’t you? – http://bottomupthinking.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/blame-it-on-the-speculators-why-dont-you/
Is development a city, a corporation, or something completely different? – http://aidnography.blogspot.com/2011/06/is-development-city-corporation-or.html
*Randomized trials not a silver bullet – http://www.denniswhittle.com/2011/06/randomized-trials-not-silver-bullet.html
Gender bias as an emergent property in international agencies – http://aidontheedge.info/2011/06/01/gender-bias-as-an-emergent-property-in-international-agencies/
RELATED: Gender and INGOs: pretty on paper… – http://shotgunshackblog.com/2011/06/03/pretty-on-paper
The development ideas hype cycle – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/the-development-ideas-hype-cycle
The world will not be saved through spreadsheets – http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/06/03/the-world-will-not-be-saved-through-spreadsheets/
Far from home (Lebanese in Africa) – http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2011/05/lebanese_west_africa
Sanitation MDG is badly off track, but a community-led approach could fix that – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/30/mdg-sanitation-offtrack-but-community-led-approach-is-working
You can’t always get what you want – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/31/you_cant_always_get_what_you_want
Don’t do impact evaluations because… – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/05/dont-do-impact-evaluations-because….php

EWB blog posts:

Mike Klassen: The Irony of Malaria – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/05/29/the-irony-of-malaria/
Duncan: Any Given Saturday – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/05/30/any-given-saturday
Mike Klassen: Let’s clap for her – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/lets-clap-for-her/
Lisa: A week up north: Sanitation 101, district meetings and football – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/a-week-up-north-sanitation-101-district-meetings-and-football/
Franck: Food price alarms: finding the balance – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/food-prices-alarms-finding-the-balance
Geneviève: Late afternoon scene from Chipse village – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/06/daily-scenes-from-chipse-village.html
Mike Klassen: Learning to crawl – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/learning-to-crawl/

Amusing and interesting things:

Some thoughts about processing your inbox – http://www.davidco.com/newsletters/archive/0611.html
Something a bunch of us enjoyed this week… Norm Macdonald on Conan in 1997 (3 parts, this is part 1) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqYevJSmfm4