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Development Digest

Development Digest – 28/10/11

Hi everyone,

Another belated issue, containing only what I had time to read… sorry! But there have been some really great EWB blog posts in the past couple weeks – I hope you take time to read some of them. Enjoy!

-Erin

If there’s anything you’d like to see added or removed from the Development Digest, please let me know!

If you only have time to read a few articles, read the ones with the *star*!

Africa news:

Africa set for steady growth, with threat of faster inflation – http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/2011/CAR101911A.htm
Democracy in SSA: it’s progress, even if it’s patchy – http://www.economist.com/node/21531010
Africa: A sophisticated plan to boost growth – http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2011/10/20/africa-a-sophisticated-plan-to-boost-growth
*Women and the Arab awakening: now is the time – http://www.economist.com/node/21532256

Agriculture news:

Farmers facing loss of subsidy may get new one – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/business/when-one-farm-subsidy-ends-another-may-rise-to-replace-it.html
Trees ‘boost African crop yields and food security’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15305271
High costs make it harder to grow young farmers – http://www.npr.org/2011/09/23/140631752/high-costs-make-it-harder-to-grow-young-farmers
Spore: the magazine for agricultural and rural development in ACP countries – http://spore.cta.int/modernisation/index.php/article/voir/en/2
*China’s farming history misapplied in Africa – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/10/201110241502249406.html
Kenya: a glimpse of climate-smart agriculture – http://ccafs.cgiar.org/blog/kenya-glimpse-climate-smart-agriculture-bad11#
How can contract farming work for poor farmers? – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=7298

Development thinking:

Who is going to pay for open aid data experts? – http://aidnography.blogspot.com/2011/10/who-is-going-to-pay-for-open-data.html
Some days… – http://talesfromethehood.com/2011/10/12/some-days/
Cash transfers: What have we learned so far? What are the implications for policy? What more do we need to know? – http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/cash-transfers-what-have-we-learned-so-far-what-are-the-implications-for-policy-what-more-do-we-need
*Development impact calls for knowledgeable development practitioners – http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/development-impact-calls-for-knowledgeable-development-practitioners
Important communication to all aid bloggers related to the urgent need for better coordination in the sector – http://handrelief.blogspot.com/2011/09/important-communication-to-all-aid.html
Joint learning and partnership building events on scaling up the fight against rural poverty (good links) – http://www.ifad.org/events/scalingup/index.htm
The rise of the ‘new’ donors (India, China, etc.) – http://www.irinnews.org/IndepthMain.aspx?reportid=94004&indepthid=91
Global resilience requires novelty: a speech by Buzz Holling at SFU – http://aidontheedge.info/2011/10/25/global-resilience-requires-novelty-a-speech-by-buzz-holling/
USAID’s complexity journey – http://aidontheedge.info/2011/10/17/usaids-complexity-journey/

Special Feature: Aid blogger ‘J’ held a Blog Forum on Admitting Failure (and I missed it! damn…)
Here are some of the highlights (in my opinion):
*Fad surfing in the Development Boardroom (hard-hitting post on Admitting Failure) – http://www.architecturefordevelopment.com/2011/10/fad-surfing-in-the-development-boardroom/
10 levels of failure: a framework to fail in everything you do – http://wayan.com/ict4d/10-levels-of-failure.html
With fails like these, who needs success? – http://bottomupthinking.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/with-fails-like-these-who-needs-success/
Beneficiaries, Idealism and Admitting Failure – http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/10/20/beneficiaries-idealism-and-admitting-failure/
Admitting Failure: the “naked truth” for water and sanitation? – http://beginninginbamako.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/admitting-failure-the-naked-truth-for-water-and-sanitation/
Admitting failure is trendy but, at least for NGOs, not prudent – http://aphaih.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/admitting-failure-trendy-but-at-least-for-ngos-not-prudent/
On admitting failure, otherwise known as learning – http://onmotherhoodandsanity.blogspot.com/2011/10/on-admitting-failure-otherwise-known-as.html
The paradox of aid failures – http://aidontheedge.info/2010/12/13/the-paradox-of-aid-failures/

EWB blog posts:

*Joyce: First moto lesson – http://alexandrajoyce.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/first-moto-lesson/
Dominique: What am I doing in Ghana, part 2? – http://domsafricanblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-am-i-doing-in-ghana-part-2.html
Lyndsey: Mass chaos on the Metro Mass – http://lyndseyhannigan.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/mass-chaos-on-the-metro-mass/
Erin: Outdooring: A joyous occasion – https://erinantcliffe.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/outdooring-a-joyous-occasion/
Siera: Two months of immersion in Ghana – http://mydevelopmentdiary.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/two-months-of-immersion-in-ghana/
Mike Klassen: Gearing Down… – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/gearing-down…/
Lauren: Dorothy, Complexity and Change – http://goneawaytheghanaway.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/dorothy-complexity-and-change/
Eric: Larium bugs – http://ericlimacher.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/larium-bugs/
Eric: Mpika Urban Hospital – http://ericlimacher.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/mpika-urban-hospital/
Janine: Me – http://chasingquestions.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/m/
Don: Perseverence – http://impactnotintent.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/perseverance/
Joyce: Seeing Ghana through Ghanaian eyes – http://alexandrajoyce.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/seeing-ghana-through-ghanaian-eyes/
Kristina: More of the usual – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/moreoftheusual/
Geneviève: After the rain – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/10/after-rain.html
Max: Donnez moi un M, un A, un L, un A…. Rassemblé toutes ces lettres et vous y trouverez… – http://maxipowghana.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/donnez-moi-un-m-un-a-un-l-un-a-rassemble-toutes-ces-lettres-et-vous-y-trouverez/
Franck: Retour à Québec – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/retour-a-quebec/
Dominique: The Tale of the Missing Visa – http://domsafricanblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/tale-of-missing-visa.html
Lyndsey: On Being Present – http://lyndseyhannigan.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/on-being-present
Dom: Making shea butter Part 1 – http://domsafricanblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/making-shea-butter-part-one.html
Kristina: Leap – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/leap/
Duncan: Designing for Glee – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/10/06/designing-for-glee/
Mark W: Thanksgiving in Zambia – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/thanksgiving-in-zambia/
Mark W: Pool Hall – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/pool-hall/
Mark W: Jacaranda trees in flower – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/trees-in-flower/
Duncan: Lake of Stars – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/10/12/lake-of-stars/
Mark W: Misplaced message? – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/misplaced-message/
Janine: Gangksgiving – http://chasingquestions.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/gangksgiving/
Lauren: I love my job… and a Slam poem – http://goneawaytheghanaway.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/i-love-my-job-and-a-slam-poem/
Jordan: A better view, is right in front of you – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/a-better-view-is-right-in-front-of-you/
Eric: Halfway! – http://ericlimacher.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/halfway/
Max: Tout est relatif – http://maxipowghana.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/tout-est-relatif/
Janine: Missing home(s) – http://chasingquestions.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/missing-homes/
Mark W: What’s in a name? – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/whats-in-a-name/
Jordan: Can’t take it anymore… gotta get back to Canada – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/cant-take-it-anymore-gotta-get-back-to-canada-corrected-version/
Dan: Happy Thanksgiving! – http://questionstoquestions.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/happy-thanksgiving/
Mark W: Hockey night in Zambia – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/hockey-night-in-zambia/
Mark W: More Harvey Tile wisdom – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/more-harvey-tile-wisdom/
Eric: Halfway! – Addendum – http://ericlimacher.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/halfway-addendum/
Tessa: Backspace versus delete – http://postcardsfrommalawi.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/backspace-versus-delete/
Kristina: Answering a common question – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/answering-a-common-question
Janine: On Vision – http://chasingquestions.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/on-vision/
Eric: Where’s Eric? – http://ericlimacher.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/wheres-eric/
Janine: Saa – http://chasingquestions.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/saa/
Mark W: Brain fruit – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/brain-fruit/
Dom: The DDA Fellowship part 2 (or maybe 3): I Have a Dream – http://domsafricanblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/tthe-dda-fellowship-part-2-or-maybe-3-i.html
Max: Origine, appartenance et modernité?! – http://maxipowghana.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/origine-appartenance-et-modernite/
Mark W: Chitenge slackline – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/chitenge-slackline/
Mike: Thank You Too – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/thank-you-too
Mina: Asking Different Questions – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/asking-different-questions/
Erin: A Tale of Two Projects – https://erinantcliffe.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/a-tale-of-two-projects/
Geneviève: Liwonde here I come – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/10/liwonde-here-i-am.html
Janine: The Science Master – http://chasingquestions.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/the-science-master/
Mark W: Roadside rock quarry – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/rock-quarry/
*Jordan: I guess I’m not that hardcore – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/i-guess-im-not-that-hardcore/
*Lyndsey: 7 days in a rural village and other October highlights – http://lyndseyhannigan.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/7-days-in-a-rural-village-and-other-october-highlights/
Lisa: Finding the trail again – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/finding-the-trail-again/
Janine: Risotto, french toast and other Ghanaian culinary concoctions – http://chasingquestions.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/risotto-french-toast-and-other-ghanadian-culinary-concoctions
Eric: Anecdotal Normalcy – http://ericlimacher.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/anecdotal-normalcy/
Mark W: Independence Day – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/independence-day/
Kristina: Fathers – Things that make me happy – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/fathers-things-that-make-me-happy/
Geneviève: Four corners – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/10/four-corners.html
Mark W: FAO Vouchers – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/fao-vouchers/
Anthony: Beliefs should be the foundation of structure – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/955
Max: Les privilèges d’un Sulminja – http://maxipowghana.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/les-privileges-d’un-sulminja/
Mark W: Burnin’ rubber sandals – http://markeveryware.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/burn-rubber-sandals
Dom: Thanksgiving in Ghana – http://domsafricanblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/thanksgiving-in-ghana_28.html
Dom: How is one supposed to feel? – http://domsafricanblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-is-one-supposed-to-feel.html
Franck: Looking west – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/looking-west/

Special Feature: Blog Action Day on the topic of Food
Siera: Smart interventions for food security in Africa – http://mydevelopmentdiary.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/smart-interventions-for-food-security-in-africa/
Duncan: Nothing is that simple – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/10/16/nothing-is-that-simple-post-for-blog-action-day-2011/
Don: The ‘Last Mile’ in agricultural development – http://impactnotintent.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/the-last-mile-in-agricultural-development/
Erin: Sustainable Food Security: Agricultural Models for the 21st Century – https://erinantcliffe.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/sustainable-food-security-agricultural-models-for-the-21st-century/
Robin: Food: The good, the bad and the nasty – http://addictedtoimpact.blogspot.com/2011/10/food-good-bad-and-nasty.html
Janine: My friend Gani, malnutrition and the merit of soya beans – http://chasingquestions.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/my-friend-gani-malnutrition-and-the-merit-of-soya-beans/

Amusing and interesting things:

*New York Times Infographic: The Great Regression – http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2011/09/04/opinion/04reich-graphic.html?ref=sunday
*Personal Best: Coaching a Surgeon: What makes top performers better? – http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/03/111003fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all
Here is a Way Development & Aid Workers can Overcome Isolation at Work – http://developmentcrossroads.com/2011/10/here-is-a-way-development-aid-workers-can-overcome-isolation-at-work/
The world’s top 100 economies: 53 country, 34 cities and 13 corporations – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=7164
16 Tips to Simplify your Life and Increase your Productivity – http://tombasson.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/16-tips-to-simplify-your-life-and-increase-your-productivity/
Wonderful video made by the Summer 2011 EWB Junior Fellows!! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfZhHEk4m8I


Development Digest – 30/09/11

Hi everyone,

Here we go again: another catch-up version of the Development Digest. This time we’re catching up on the international development blogosphere! Check out that section for lots of food for thought. Enjoy!

I would also like to highlight a prominent development blogger, Tom Murphy (A View From the Cave), who has started up a daily development news digest. Visit the site for more information and to subscribe: http://dawnsdigest.com/

If there’s anything you’d like to see added or removed from the Development Digest, please let me know!

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

Global news:

Gone but not forgotten: Anwar al-Awlaki dead – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/09/30/Anwar_al_Awlaki_dead_but_not_forgotten
Stocks collapse at end of worst quarter since the crisis, led by economically sensitive sectors – http://blogs.wsj.com/marketbeat/2011/09/30/stocks-collapse-at-end-of-worst-quarter-since-the-crisis-led-by-economically-sensitive-sectors/?mod=e2tw
Where do we go from here? Five things that Palestine could do to push forward the quest for statehood – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/09/30/palestinian_statehood_un_where_do_we_go
Dozens killed in Syria protests – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/09/20119301527522457.html

Canada news:

Fighting poverty pays off, report says – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/09/28/poverty-report.html
‘Smart’ aid boosting African economies – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-news/global-exchange/globe-correspondents/smart-aid-boosting-african-economies/article2181349/
Ontario NDP’s shift to the middle could leave Liberals feeling squeezed – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/ontario-ndps-shift-to-middle-could-leave-liberals-feeling-squeezed/article2185809/

Africa news:

*Small factories take root in Africa – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904060604576570541250028496.html?mod=ITP_pageone_0
In Zambia, an election reveals skepticism of Chinese involvement – http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/09/in-africa-an-election-reveals-skepticism-of-chinese-involvement/245832/#.ToSNkO-5RkY.twitter
Tough-talking Sata orders probe into deals – http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/Tough+talking+Sata+orders+probe+into+deals/-/1066/1245852/-/tfnt3bz/-/index.html
Boko Haram top commander, five others arrested – http://allafrica.com/stories/201109290004.html
Ivory Coast gets truth and reconciliation commission – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15086829
Wangari Maathai: death of a visionary – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15060167

Ghana news:

Oh, Ghana… – http://www.edwardrcarr.com/opentheechochamber/2011/09/28/oh-ghana-2
Efforts to reduce child labour on cocoa plantations beginning to pay off – http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=93805
World Bank has okayed Chinese loan: President Mills – http://allafrica.com/stories/201109300066.html

Agriculture news:

On agricultural productivity and food security – http://www.edwardrcarr.com/opentheechochamber/2011/09/26/on-agricultural-production-and-food-security
Gender differences in agricultural productivity – http://marcfbellemare.com/wordpress/2011/09/gender-differences-in-agricultural-productivity/
New radio documentary shows how FrontlineSMS connects farmers in Kenya – http://www.frontlinesms.com/2011/09/29/new-radio-documentary-shows-how-frontlinesms-connects-farmers-in-kenya/
Thirty years after the original, a new study of organic agriculture – http://www.good.is/post/over-thirty-years-proving-the-benefits-of-modern-organic-agriculture-technology/
*Got cheap milk? Why ditching your fancy, organic, locavore lifestyle is good for the world’s poor – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/09/12/got_cheap_milk
Cereal prices in 2020: how worried should we be? – http://blogs.odi.org.uk/blogs/main/archive/2011/09/12/food_price_forecasts_world_markets.aspx

Eldis studies and papers:
The rural non-farm economy: prospects for growth and poverty reduction – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=59032
Rural Africa at the crossroads: livelihoods, practices and policies – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=59021
Smallholder farmers’ perceptions of climate change and conservation agriculture: evidence from Zambia – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=58993
Access to land, growth and poverty reduction in Malawi – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=58466

Events you can’t go to, but might be interested in browsing papers, blogs and articles about:
Sept. 25-Oct.6, e-Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities for Capturing Impact in ICT Initiatives in Agriculture – http://www.e-agriculture.org/
Sept. 26-2, IFAD AgriKnowledge Share Fair – http://www.sharefair.net/share-fair-11-rome/about-the-fair/en/

Development thinking:

*EWB ALERT: CEO George’s post about writing his TED talk – 6 Minutes for a Big Idea: disciplined communication courtesy of TED – http://blogs.ewb.ca/ceo/2011/09/26/6-minutes-for-a-big-idea-disciplined-communication-courtesy-of-ted/
Time and Space – http://bloodandmilk.org/2011/09/28/time-and-space
A hypothetical proposition on governance reform – http://bottomupthinking.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/a-hypothetical-proposition
Sharing is caring: why handing out money is a good practice – http://www.whydev.org/sharing-is-caring-why-handing-out-money-is-a-good-practice/
Form a posse – http://www.owen.org/blog/4921
What should Oxfam be doing on water? – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=6654
Good news on aid: dependency is falling, and quality (slowly) improving – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=6890
*What happens when donors fail to meet their commitments? – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/09/what-happens-when-donors-fail-to-meet-their-commitments.php
USAID FWD: Some promise and some transparency – http://www.aviewfromthecave.com/2011/09/fwd-some-promise-and-some-transparency.html
Working Paper: The impact of economics blogs – http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/working-paper-the-impact-of-economics-blogs
Aid “Industry” vs. Humanitarian “Relief” – http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/09/07/aid-industry-vs-humanitarian-relief/
Learning about Famine – http://blogs.ewb.ca/ceo/2011/09/10/learning-about-famine/
*Have you tested your strategy lately? – https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Strategy/Strategic_Thinking/Have_you_tested_your_strategy_lately_2711
Of Penn, pigs and cod (really about humility) – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/09/of-penn-pigs-and-cod.php
If randomized evaluations are so great, why don’t businesses use them? – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/09/if-randomized-evaluations-are-so-great-why-don%E2%80%99t-businesses-use-them.php
Managing better for results, not just measuring them better: lessons on complexity for the results agenda – http://blogs.odi.org.uk/blogs/main/archive/2011/09/09/aid_effectiveness_measuring_impact_complexity.aspx
Appropriate Technology: could donkey ambulances save lives in poor countries? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/sep/08/appropriate-medical-devices-poor-countries
Private cities coming to Africa – http://wrongingrights.blogspot.com/2011/09/private-cities-coming-to-africa.html
Blog survey findings: who reads development blogs? – http://findwhatworks.wordpress.com/blog-survey-findings/
A new kind of overseas charity is born – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/09/a-new-kind-of-overseas-charity-is-born.php
Making the most of mobiles (not internet) – http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=93675

EWB blog posts:

Anthony: The Anchor Leg – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/937
Duncan: The death of a camera – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/09/24/the-death-of-a-camera/
Janine: Getting comfortable – http://chasingquestions.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/getting-comfortable/
MC: Et si la pluie ne venait pas? – http://extraitsduburkina.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/et-si-la-pluie-ne-venait-pas/
Janine: Rasta drugs – http://chasingquestions.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/rasta-drugs/
Lyndsey: What I “chop” in Ghana (chop = eat) – http://lyndseyhannigan.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/what-i-chop-in-ghana-chop-eat/
Colleen: Where in the World is Colleen? – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1589
Lisa: Crossing the Shire – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/home-sweet-home-mangochi/
Tessa: Days like Month 5, days like today – http://postcardsfrommalawi.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/days-like-month-5-days-like-today/
Franck: Un marathon à Accra – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/un-marathon-a-accra/
Robin: The need to look again – http://addictedtoimpact.blogspot.com/2011/09/need-to-look-again.html
Janine: Jamz – http://chasingquestions.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/jamz/

Amusing and interesting things:

Machine Gun Menace – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/09/22/machine_gun_menace?page=full
New neighbours: The African photographer and the camera – http://nanakofiacquah.blogspot.com/2011/09/new-neighbours-african-photographer-and.html
Presidential candidates: listen to your alma maters on climate change – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/09/presidential-candidates-listen-to-your-alma-maters-on-climate-change.php


Development Digest – 23/09/11

Hi everyone,

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve done this. Just when I got really excited about putting together this Digest every week, I also got a new job – and got about 10 times busier than I was before. Yikes! Bad timing, right? Things got a bit crazy over the summer and this task fell off my plate week after week. So sorry for the radio silence!

But since this is something I really enjoy, and I think it’s a great investment in my personal learning, I want to continue to make it happen. So we’re back! After much delay, heeeeeeeeeeeere is your Development Digest!

There are a lot of interesting posts to catch up on, but I don’t want to overload you all in one week. Instead, I’m going to “catch up” in different categories over the coming weeks. To start off, this is the catch-up post for EWBer blogs, along with a smattering of other interesting news and posts. We’ll catch up on the development blogs and agriculture categories soon!

For those of you who are new to the Development Digest, this is a weekly summary of interesting links (news, blog posts, etc.) that I started sending out at the beginning of 2011. Feel free to read as much or as little of it as you’d like – it’s for your personal interest and learning only. Enjoy!

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

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Global news:

Speed-of-light experiments give baffling result at Cern – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15017484
Troy Davis execution goes ahead despite serious doubts about his guilt – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/22/troy-davis-execution-last-words
President Saleh returns to Yemen – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/09/201192344820432439.html
Taking a stand, and shedding Arafat’s shadow – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/world/at-un-a-moment-for-abbas-to-shed-arafats-shadow.html
*Europe failing Libya’s refugees: Amnesty – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14977155

Canada news:

Inscrutable Stephen Harper baffles the pundits – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/second-reading/gerald-caplan/inscrutable-stephen-harper-baffles-the-pundits/article2168878/
Cost of Ontario university education adversely affecting families and economy – http://www.socialwatch.org/node/13595
TransCanada pipeline lobbyist works all the angles with former colleagues – http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/transcanada-pipeline-lobbyist-works-all-the-angles-with-former-colleagues/2011/09/16/gIQAYq3BnK_story.html
*Inequality: A problem for everyone – http://www.nationalpost.com/news/problem+everyone/5433076/story.html

Africa news:

*Opposition leader wins Zambia election – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/09/2011922234557755338.html
Somalia famine: UN warns of 750,000 deaths – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14785304
How have things changed (in Kenya)? – https://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2011/09/famine-horn-africa
Burkina Faso: Justice campaigners welcome police convictions for fatal beating – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/08/burkina-faso-justice-campaigners-welcome-police-convictions-for-fatal-beating/
Malawi: Markets torched ahead of cancelled protests – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/09/malawi-markets-torched-ahead-of-cancelled-protests/
Pipeline fire kills dozens in Nairobi slum – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/12/pipeline-fire-nairobi-slum
Malaria vaccine trial raises hope – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15008866

Ghana news:

Ghana rights group warns of anti-gay hate campaign – http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1029152–ghana-rights-groups-warn-of-anti-gay-hate-campaign
Workers to demonstrate against fake textiles in Ghana – http://www.shadders.net/africa-creative/workers-to-demonstrate-against-fake-textiles-in-ghana.html
Kwame Nkrumah the Socialist – http://grahamghana.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/kwame-nkrumah-the-socialist/
Ghanaian EPA with EU would put integration process in danger – http://www.socialwatch.org/node/13598
Assemblies to take over street lighting – http://allafrica.com/stories/201109220798.html
The abandoned offspring of oil – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/09/ghana-the-abandoned-offspring-of-oil/
Nankanis fight for own district – http://allafrica.com/stories/201109190374.html
AGRA – helping to solve food insecurity in the country – http://allafrica.com/stories/201109220107.html
Biotech centre to spearhead root, tuber research – http://allafrica.com/stories/201109220536.html
Ghana’s new mental health bill aims to address stigma – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/aug/29/ghana-new-mental-health-bill

Agriculture news:

*The farms are not all right – http://www.walrusmagazine.com/articles/2011.10-food-the-farms-are-not-all-right/
Farming: thoughts on an intense debate – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14761015
Oxfam warns about effects of ‘land rush’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15013396
Ugandan farmer: ‘My land gave me everything, now I’m one of the poorest’ – http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/sep/22/uganda-farmer-land-gave-me-everything
Small seed packets could play a big role in Africa’s battle against drought – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/aug/29/seeds-role-africa-farmers-drought

Development thinking:

A world without borders makes economic sense – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/sep/05/migration-increase-global-economy
Steve’s Seven Insights for 21st Century Capitalists – http://blogs.hbr.org/haque/2011/08/steves_seven_insights_for_21st.html
*Acumen: Ten Things We’ve Learned To Be True – http://www.acumenfund.org/ten/#ten-things-box
Guardian “Key First-Year Reads” for Dev’t students – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/sep/21/first-year-development-student-books
A fresh narrative on aid dependence – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/sep/13/fresh-narrative-on-aid-dependence
What impact have the global crises had on development thinking? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/sep/21/global-crisis-development-rethinking
Chinese factories in Africa: not so fast – http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2011/09/16/chinese-factories-in-africa-not-so-fast/?ftcamp=traffic/email/content/monthnl//memmkt#axzz1YlswB6Iu
Food is the ultimate security need, new map shows – http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2011/aug/31/food-security-prices-conflict

EWB blog posts:

I’m going to list posts starting back in August, which is quite a while ago. These are in chronological order, from oldest to newest, so skip to the bottom for new posts.

Mina: Transient Relationships – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/transient-relationships/
Kristina: Why I’m moving – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/why-im-moving/
Kristina: Sugar cane – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/sugar-cane/
Tessa: How to bereka mwana (carry a baby) in Malawi – http://postcardsfrommalawi.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/how-to-bereka-mwana-carry-a-baby-in-malawi/
Lisa: The intricacies and oddities of village life – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/the-intricacies-and-oddities-of-village-life/
Mina: Dignity before Development? – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/dignity-before-development/
MC: Le sésame burkinabé: une culture de rente en pleine croissance – http://extraitsduburkina.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/le-sesame-burkinabe-une-culture-de-rente-en-pleine-croissance-2/
Kristina: Different systems – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/different-systems/
Erin: Sacrifice – https://erinantcliffe.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/sacrifice/
Mina: Inequality – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/inequality/
Kristina: Why pay more? – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/why-pay-more/
Kristina: Doubt – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/doubt/
Duncan: After the storm – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/08/14/after-the-storm/
Kristina: Side excursions and radio silence – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/side-excursions-and-radio-silence/
Lisa: Moments of clarity amidst a fog of uncertainty – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/moments-of-clarity-amidst-a-fog-of-uncertainty/
Geneviève: Tension – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/07/tension.html
Kristina: This isn’t quite a poem – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/this-isnt-quite-a-poem/
Franck: Vallée de la Volta – 2e partie – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/vallee-de-la-volta-2e-partie/
Franck: Nouvelles diverses – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/nouvelles-diverses/
Geneviève: Global engineers or global friends? – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/08/global-engineers-or-global-friends.html
Jordan: Of Life and Death, but mostly death: Part 1- The magic of a newborn baby – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/of-life-and-death-but-mostly-death-part-1-the-magic-of-a-newborn-baby/
Jordan: Of Life and Death, but mostly death: Part 2- The fate of Jimmy the goat – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/of-life-and-death-but-mostly-death-part-2-the-fate-of-jimmy-the-goat/
Jordan: Of Life and Death, but mostly death: Part 3- The last part – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/of-life-and-death-but-mostly-death-part-3-the-last-part/
Tessa: It’s in the hands – http://postcardsfrommalawi.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/its-in-the-hands/
Lauren: Human resources and barriers to development – http://goneawaytheghanaway.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/human-resources-and-barriers-to-development/
Mina: Motorcycle Diaries! – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/motorcycle-diaries/
Don: And, we’re back – http://impactnotintent.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/and-were-back/
Duncan: Fitting innovation in – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/09/05/fitting-innovation-in/
Lauren: The need for open, shared data – http://goneawaytheghanaway.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/the-need-for-open-shared-data/
Geneviève: All those little things – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/09/all-those-little-things.html
Tessa: The story of home in Sakhome – http://postcardsfrommalawi.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/the-story-of-home-in-sakhome/
Mina: New Beginnings – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/new-beginnings
Anthony: Commit – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/931
Siera: Agricultural Extension and development – http://mydevelopmentdiary.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/agricultural-extension-and-development/
Robin: 2 Years Down – http://addictedtoimpact.blogspot.com/2011/09/2-years-down.html
Geneviève: Playing your house on the stock market – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/09/playing-your-house-on-stock-market.html
Duncan: Reminders – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/09/12/reminders/
Kristina: A week at the office – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/a-week-at-the-office/
Kristina: Ndipita ku gomo – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/ndipita-ku-gomo/
Geneviève: When life tips over and flips – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/09/when-life-tips-over-and-flips.html
Erin: Update – https://erinantcliffe.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/update/
Don: It’s all about the implementation – http://impactnotintent.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/its-all-about-the-implementation/
Erin: Days Like These – https://erinantcliffe.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/days-like-these/
Mina: Days Like Today – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/days-like-today/
Ben: Nasara’s Smile – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/2011/09/nasaras-smile/
Geneviève: Suit Up and Go Play – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/09/suit-up-and-go-play.html

Amusing and interesting things:

Caring for your Introvert – http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/03/caring-for-your-introvert/2696/
An African Chief in cabby’s clothing – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/nyregion/isaac-osei-taxi-driver-in-new-york-and-chief-in-ghana.html


Development Digest – 15/07/11

Sorry for the hiatus last week – I was staying in a village and happy to forget about the world’s problems for a week. Now I’m back but so behind… but here’s your partially-completed weekly development digest. I’ll post another new one on Friday. Enjoy!
Thanks Sylvie for the Canadian news!

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

Global news:

The struggle to eat – http://www.economist.com/node/18958475
If you build it, they may not come – http://www.economist.com/node/18929190
In a concession, rebels offer to let Gadhafi stay in Libya if he resigns – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/in-a-concession-rebels-offer-to-let-gadhafi-stay-in-libya-if-he-resigns/article2084979/
Obama: ‘this may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield’ on no short-term extensions – http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/07/obama-this-may-bring-my-presidency-down-but-i-will-not-yield-on-no-short-term-extensions.html

Canada news:

My name is Michael Ignatieff, and I am Canadian – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/my-name-is-michael-ignatieff-and-i-am-canadian/article2079267/
Rap it or paint it, Muslim artists tackle identity – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/rap-it-or-paint-it-muslim-artists-tackle-identity/article2086667/
Quebec to introduce cap-and-trade program – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/07/07/montreal-greehouse-lift.html
Union plans national fight against federal cuts – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/07/07/pol-union-cuts.html
Toronto Pride rocked by ‘Israeli apartheid’ spat – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/07/04/to-pride-israeli-apartheid-quaia-mammoliti.html
Canada’s inter-generational voting gap – http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2011/07/06/kids-these-days-canadas-inter-generational-voting-gap/
Oil sands monitoring needs scientific rigour – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/07/05/edmonton-oilsands-monitoring-panel-report.html
Census workers getting partial answers on long forms – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/07/06/pol-census-incomplete.html
Canada’s income gap growing – http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1024027–canada-s-income-gap-growing

Africa news:

*The Horn of Africa drought: The Endless Plight – http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2011/07/10/horn-africa-drought-endless-plight/
Explainer: the east Africa food crisis – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jul/12/east-africa-drought-food-crisis
East Africa drought in pictures – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/gallery/2011/jul/08/east-africa-drought-in-pictures
Science in Africa: the view from the front line – http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110629/full/474556a.html
Britain suspends aid to Malawi – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jul/14/britain-suspends-aid-to-malawi
Zambia: Millions meant for the poor are stolen or missing – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/07/zambia-millions-meant-for-the-poor-stolen-or-missing/
South Sudan celebrates a sweet day of separation – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/10/south-sudan-celebrates-independence
South Sudan’s independence clouded by unresolved issues – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/07/south-sudans-independence-clouded-by-unresolved-issues/
Burkina Faso: Big boost for small agricultural producers – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/07/burkina-faso-big-boost-for-small-agricultural-producers/
New hope for malaria as river blindness drug shown to kill mosquitoes too – http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/sarah-boseley-global-health/2011/jul/06/malaria-infectiousdiseases
Zambian prostitutes in marriage appeal on reality TV – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14154291

SPECIAL: BBC Country Profiles
Malawi – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13864367
Zambia – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14112449
Ghana – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13433790
Burkina Faso – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13072774
and more!

Ghana news:

Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo DCE denies Bimoba-Konkomba conflict – http://allafrica.com/stories/201107110701.html
Ghana’s Nana Rawlings fails in NDC bid for presidency – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14106937
Midfielder Essien out for 6 months – http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/14087070.stm
Boost for organic farming in Ashanti region – http://allafrica.com/stories/201107141015.html
Physically challenged feel abandoned despite passage of bill – http://allafrica.com/stories/201107141025.html

Agriculture news:

$170 million research program to help maize farmers worldwide – http://allafrica.com/stories/201107061512.html
Kenya makes it legal to produce and import GM foods – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/07/kenya-makes-it-legal-to-produce-and.html
Kenya to attempt to prevent imported GM maize use as seed – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/07/kenya-to-attempt-to-prevent-imported-gm.html
Kenya GM foods decision faces criticism from organic activists – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/07/kenya-gm-foods-decision-faces-criticism.html
Uganda: technology to take advantage of high food prices introduced – http://allafrica.com/stories/201107130182.html
How smartphones can safeguard the future of agriculture in Uganda (CKW program)http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-bassett/smartphones-safeguarding-future-agriculture_b_881919.html
IFPRI launches unique new tool that provides early warning of extreme price variability – http://www.ifpri.org/pressrelease/ifpri-launches-unique-new-tool-provides-early-warning-extreme-price-variability
Why food price volatility doesn’t matter – http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/67981/christopher-b-barrett-and-marc-f-bellemare/why-food-price-volatility-doesnt-matter
Graziano’s five major challenges (FAO)http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jul/04/five-challenges-facing-fao-head-graziano
Hedging food security through winter cultivation: the agronomy of dimba cultivation in Malawi – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=58544
The global supply and demand for agricultural land in 2050: a perfect storm in the making? – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=58728

Development thinking:

World Bank is opening its treasure chest of data – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/03/business/global/03world.html
*How can theories of change help in working with the private sector? – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=6094
Making aid really transparent – http://nedbreslin.tap.waterforpeople.org/blog-archives/making-aid-really-transparent
*Tomorrow morning I will not wake up on the Africa continent – http://aidthoughts.org/?p=2661
Adventures in Voluntourism: they have become part of the tourism mainstream – http://aidnography.blogspot.com/2011/07/adventures-in-voluntourism-they-have.html
How do NGOs work with the private sector? – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=6030
Sustainable livelihoods approaches: past, present and… future? – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=58724
*How 28 countries escaped the poverty trap (including Ghana and Zambia)http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jul/12/world-bank-reclassifies-28-poor-countries
The Price is Right – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/07/18/the_price_is_right
In school not learning – http://www.owen.org/blog/4715
Can aid work? – http://www.owen.org/blog/4738
Make learning part of your brand – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/make-learning-part-of-your-brand/
Tax is power – http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/07/07/tax-is-power/
Changing the Story: The Cheetah generation – http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/07/06/the-emergent-continent-part-2-of-4/

5-part series: Becoming an aid worker – http://morealtitude.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/5-part-series-becoming-an-aid-worker/
Part 2: Aid work is a profession – http://morealtitude.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/becoming-an-aid-worker-part-2-aid-work-is-a-profession/
Part 3: Experience, education and personality – http://morealtitude.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/becoming-an-aid-worker-part-3-experience-education-and-personality/
Part 4: Where do you fit? – http://morealtitude.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/becoming-an-aid-worker-part-4-what-do-you-want-to-do/
Part 5: Count the cost – http://morealtitude.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/becoming-an-aid-worker-part-5-count-the-cost/

EWB blog posts:

Dana: Getting around – http://burkinavision.com/2011/07/01/getting-around/
Tessa: The warm hearts of Africa – http://postcardsfrommalawi.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/the-warm-hearts-of-africa/
Kristina: Language again – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/language-again/
Colleen: Ghana style fitness – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1548
*Duncan: This is Africa – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/07/05/this-is-africa/
Anthony: From the other side of the rear-view mirror – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/805
Untapped Markets: Equipment breakdown – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/07/equipment-breakdown/
Bernard: Vert Burkina: la crainte et l’émerveillement – http://bernardauburkina.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/vert-burkina/
Geneviève: Honk once to let me know you’re around! – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/07/honk-once-to-let-me-know-youre-around.html
Anthony: Balancing assets – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/813
Untapped Markets: Involving businesses in market facilitation M&E – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/07/involving-businesses-in-market-facilitation-me/
Colleen: The emergence of the square thatched house – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1566
Marie-Claire: Après la pluie le travail – http://extraitsduburkina.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/apres-la-pluie-le-travail/
Colleen: He has… He has not… – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1584
Franck: No country for an old man – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/no-country-for-an-old-man/
Jordan: What makes the feeling of “Home”? – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/what-makes-the-feeling-of-home
Franck: Voyage dans la Vallée de la Volta – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/voyage-dans-la-vallee-de-la-volta/
Lisa: Nsima with rice: language misunderstandings at their finest – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/nsima-with-rice-language-misunderstandings-at-their-finest

Amusing and interesting things:

You should probably quit your job – http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/07/12/you-should-probably-quit-your-job/
A political history of Africa since 1900 (interactive) – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/interactive/2011/jul/11/a-political-history-of-africa-interactive
Women in political dynasties – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=6070


Development Digest – 01/07/11 (Happy Canada Day!)

Hey everyone,

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:

ICC issues Gaddafi arrest warrant – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/06/20116278148166670.html
Ex-IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn freed without bail – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13993866
Egypt protesters clash with police – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/06/2011628223426192676.html
Unlucky camel finds Libya’s largest minefield – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/201162892022264206.html
On the mend? America comes to its senses – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/06/201162812411022924.html
To celebrate communism in China, a party as disciplined as the Party – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/02/world/asia/02china.html

Canada news:

How safe is Canada’s drinking water? It’s tough to know – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/andre-picard/how-safe-is-canadas-drinking-water-its-tough-to-know/article2080746/
AECL sold for $15m to SNC-Lavalin: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/29/aecl-sale.html
Omnibus Crime Bill an Injustice: http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2011/06/29/omnibus-crime-bill-an-injustice/
Don’t count on grants, Flaherty warns art groups: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/28/pol-flaherty-cultural-funding-arts.html
Postal workers taking fight to court: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/29/postal-union-court.html
Canada wins battle to keep asbestos off hazardous list: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/24/pol-harper-asbestos.html
Critics push for full G20 inquiry: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1014825–critics-push-for-full-g20-inquiry
The irrelevance of separatism – http://www.economist.com/node/18867600?fsrc=scn%2Ffb%2Fwl%2Far%2Ftheirrelevanceofspearatism
Canadians divided on expats’ right to vote: survey – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/canadians-divided-on-expats-right-to-vote-survey/article2078072

Africa news:

President Sirleaf’s ambition for Liberia: aid-free in a decade – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/06/president-sirleaf%E2%80%99s-ambition-for-liberia-aid-free-in-a-decade.php
Did Ghana register 8000 homosexuals? The facts behind the hype – http://grahamghana.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/did-ghana-register-8000-homosexuals-the-facts-behind-the-hype/
Malaria: on the long, slow but steady road to elimination – http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/sarah-boseley-global-health/2011/jun/28/malaria-infectiousdiseases
*Africa’s biggest market lies within – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/07/africa8217s-biggest-market-lies-within/
Morocco votes on King Mohammed’s reforms – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13976480
Missing – proper toilets for 2.6 billion – http://allafrica.com/stories/201106290553.html

Agriculture news:

Fighting desertification: the great green wall of the Sahara – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/fighting-desertification-great-green.html
Kenya to allow GM maize to alleviate shortage – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/kenya-to-allow-gm-maize-to-alleviate.html
Can biofuels save Africa? – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/can-biofuels-save-africa.html
Innovating our way to a second green revolution – http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/second_green_revolution
Political will – http://globalfoodforthought.typepad.com/global-food-for-thought/2011/06/roger-thurow-outrage-and-inspire-political-will.html
*Roads and rice: how innovation and infrastructure can feed the world – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jun/21/roads-rice-to-feed-world
Brazil’s Lula, Ghana’s Kufuor win World Food Prize – http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE75L05020110622
*G-20 Agriculture Ministers’ Summit: Everyone is for food security, as long as it doesn’t cost anything – http://blogs.cgdev.org/mca-monitor/2011/06/g20-agriculture-ministers-summit-everyone-is-for-food-security-as-long-as-it-doesn%E2%80%99t-cost-anything.php
A Missed Opportunity: The G20 action plan on food price volatility and agriculture – http://www.future-agricultures.org/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=50&Itemid=473
World Bank offers farmers money to hedge against volatile food prices – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jun/27/world-bank-farmers-hedge-against-food-prices

Development thinking:

Corporations unite to fight for development – http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/06/22/corporations_unite_to_fight_for_development
Next USAID innovation: Learning from Failure – http://blogs.cgdev.org/mca-monitor/2011/06/next-usaid-innovation-learning-to-love-failure.php
Social cause marketing is made to stick. But can we make it also not suck? – http://findwhatworks.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/social-cause-marketing-is-made-to-stick-but-can-we-also-make-it-not-suck/
*Results 2.0: Towards a portfolio-based approach – http://aidontheedge.info/2011/06/30/results-2-0-towards-a-portfolio-based-approach/
Humanitarian Aid 101: Aid cannot and will not fix anything – http://talesfromethehood.com/2011/06/27/humanitarian-aid-101-1/
In defence of duplication, waste and inefficiency – http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/06/30/in-defence-of-duplication-waste-and-ineffeciency/
Three angles on ‘green growth’ – http://www.iied.org/sustainable-markets/blog/three-angles-green-growth
*Fair trade: still centred on smallholders? – http://www.iied.org/sustainable-markets/blog/fair-trade-still-centred-smallholders
Donor aversion to ‘unsexy’ water projects threatens development goal – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jun/27/donor-aversion-water-projects
Inequality needs to move up the development agenda – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jun/27/inequality-move-up-development-agenda

EWB blog posts:

Lisa: Salima: Motorcycle riding, lake visits and bad karma – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/salima-motorcycle-riding-lake-visits-and-bad-karma
Geneviève: Stories from the road – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/06/stories-from-road.html
Anthony: Visibility – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/795
Colleen: Pragmatic Development – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1536
Jordan: Oh right, stuff gets hard sometimes – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/oh-right-stuff-gets-hard-sometimes/

Amusing and interesting things:

How not to kill animals (or yourself) driving a moto in Ghana – http://www.econgirl.com/1/post/2011/06/how-not-to-kill-animals-or-yourself-driving-moto-in-ghana.html
Zombie apocalypse warning in St. John`s: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/06/27/nl-zombie-warning-gallery-627.html
Somaliland – http://morealtitude.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/somaliland/


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