Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

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

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