Interesting articles and posts – January
Posted on February 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm
I’ve fallen behind on my regular links page, my apologies for such a long list of interesting links.
Show me the Impact! – Pulling for the Underdog – Takes off of a recent article from Africa Can End Poverty and proposes an alternative approach to the Millennium Villages Project for finding what works.
Millennium Villages Project continues to systematically overstate its effects – Africa Can End Poverty – Uses a very clear graph of cell phone ownership to make the point that the Millennium Villages Project is over estimating their impact.
Why development history matters for the Millennium Villages Project – Aid Watch – Looks at how the MVP faces the same problems that have been faced in the past in other development projects.
ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD, PLEASE – Owen Abroad – Owen answers a reporter’s questions on how, and if, there can be an end to poverty.
The Determinants of Food Aid Provisions to Africa and the Developing World (pdf) – Research conducted by researchers at Harvard and Yale – Looks at factors affecting food aid and finds that food aid from the US is more tied to domestic overproduction rather than need.
The Good the Bad and the Ugly - GirlsReport’s Blog – Discusses chartiable advertising and how it impacts people’s impression of women.
Voluntourism - The Global Poverty Project – One person’s thoughts and experiences mixing volunteering and tourism.
Grassroots = No Brains? – How Matters – Looks at issues with the relationships between international and local nonprofits.
Driving Development (closely related to the above post) – Shotgun Shack - Compares aid and development to driving a shopping cart.
NGO “Partnerships” – Some Thoughts from Kenya – Dochas – The findings from a study done by Dochas on how Kenyan nonprofits feel about the Irish NGOs they partner with.
Foundations Failing at Failing – Glass Pockets – Looks at how most foundations are unwilling to admit mistakes, a problem common to nonprofits as well.
A Tale of Three Schools - Voluntourism Gal - Looks at overbuilding of schools and underfunding of teacher salaries.
Career advice (from people smarter than me) – WhyDev – A great roundup of links on information and advice for building a career in international development.
Don’t bother donating expired drugs – Modern Medicine – A doctor wanting to do good finds out that good intentions are not enough.
Google Finds It Hard to Reinvent Philanthropy – NYT – Looks at Googles struggle to have an impact in development.
This list of posts was compiled from my @Good_Intents twitter account.