Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

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

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