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  • ‘Hybrid’ governance and Africa: examining a development buzzw...
    April 25, 2013
    It is therefore important to be more specific about the different kinds of institutional interface taking place in different parts of Africa, interrogating whether these actually involve the emergence of ‘hybrid’ forms of governance rather than coexisting or competing institutions and structures.
  • RCTs at local level may not work at high level. Why? Politics and...
    April 9, 2013
    I expect this paper will be a sort of Rorschach test for views on RCTs and service delivery in developing countries. Evaluation skeptics may try to cite this as evidence that RCTs are a waste of time, since it suggests that successful interventions implemented by NGOs, as they often are in experiments, may not be replicated at scale by governments. Others might take the paper to indicate that NGOs should be the preferred vehicle for interventions. I think these readings would be mistaken.... we should do many more rigorous studies working with governments where we vary forms of service delivery to better understand what can work in practice.… the long, difficult slog of working to improve government systems is the right one, because it’s the only way to ultimately make services work for the poor at large scale.
  • Eight Questions on Community Capitalism - WSJ
    March 31, 2013
    Community capitalism avoids the tragedy of the commons - that property that is owned by all is treasured by none, so everybody’s property is nobody’s property. I think it can work because internally community members are taken care of and they become shareholders of those collectively owned enterprises,
  • Shifting the development debate to jobs, productivity change and ...
    March 19, 2013
    Current discussions on the future of development goals seem preoccupied by lots of issues such as equity, governance and resilience. And these are good goals – several of them are merit goods, after all. But in the meantime, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are busy thinking about how to sustain economic growth of 7% per year ‘by strengthening their productive capacity in all sectors through structural transformation’.
  • On the report: Too Much, Too Soon? The Dilemma of Foreign Aid to ...
    March 17, 2013
    Already, Myanmar’s thin government is overwhelmed by requests for meeting from “ministers from donor countries, business leaders, [and] movie stars.”
  • The Scary Hidden Stressor: Climate Change and the Arab Spring - T...
    March 17, 2013
    “The Arab Spring and Climate Change” doesn’t claim that climate change caused the recent wave of Arab revolutions, but, taken together, the essays make a strong case that the interplay between climate change, food prices (particularly wheat) and politics is a hidden stressor that helped to fuel the revolutions and will continue to make consolidating them into stable democracies much more difficult.
  • Development Channel » Emerging Voices: Leonard Wantchekon on a G...
    March 15, 2013
    There is a genuine need for African economists, development specialists, policymakers, and highly skilled managers to assist in designing and implementing growth-promoting policies on the continent.
  • Musa al-Gharbi: Is authoritarianism anti-democratic? - Your Middl...
    March 15, 2013
    If people are truly given the right to self-determination, there is a good chance that, in many societies, most will reject the bulk of the (classical) liberal agenda — but isn't this their right?
  • Democracy is in retreat. And there's a surprising culprit: the mi...
    March 15, 2013
    Democracy is going into reverse. While some countries in Africa, the Arab world, and Asia have opened slightly in the past two years, in other countries once held up as examples of political change democratic meltdowns have become depressingly common.
  • Stalin's Legacy: Ethnic Time Bombs That Continue To Tick | RFERL
    March 15, 2013
    "Stalin's time bombs" span from Central Europe to the intricate patchwork of exclaves that comprises the borders of Central Asia, are in many ways direct legacies of the shifting nationalities policies that were often brutally implemented during the nearly 30 years that Stalin towered over the Soviet Union.