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Lee Crawfurd
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Liberia Fact of the Day
"The treaties that govern space allow private individuals and corporations to travel the stars, but only with the licensure and legal backing of an earthbound government. It’s similar that way to the laws of the sea. And today, on Earth’s oceans, more than ...

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The key to better education systems is accountability. So how on earth do we do that?
And what do we even actually mean when we talk about accountability? Perhaps the key theme emerging from research on reforming education systems is accountability. But accountability means different things to different people. To start with, many think firs...

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Rising DFID Spending hasn't Crowded Out Private Giving
Last week I was poking around the ESRC’s 'Administrative Data Research Network’  and discovered the  Charity Commission data download website - containing every annual financial return made by every individual charity in England and Wales since 2007. The da...

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Introducing... the Global Schools Forum
There’s nothing like sitting in a room full of people who build and run schools in the developing world to make you feel pretty inadequate. At least I did, last week at the Global Schools Forum. It can feel like a pretty long and abstract chain from the kin...

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LSE on the UK gov’s new housing plans
"The fundamental problems with housing remain the same as in the last fifteen years and of those the most fundamental is the lack of land for development. Only fundamental reforms of our housing supply process will help and this proposes none. Indeed it in ...

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Cash-on-Delivery Aid for Trade Facilitation
One of the new ideas in our CGD trade-for-development-policy-after-Brexit paper  was using the "Cash on Delivery" approach for trade facilitation. "Cash on Delivery" is an idea well developed by Nancy Birdsall and William Savedoff but still under-actually-p...

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How to spend aid in fragile countries
The classic dilemma in figuring out how to spend aid money is the trade-off between:      a) achieving scale and sustainability by supporting national government systems (but losing control), and      b) keeping more direct control by working through NGOs, ...

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How the UK can lead the world on trade for development
Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the UK will be a "global leader on free trade”.  How can the UK use that opportunity to give the biggest possible boost to global development?  If the UK wanted to be the world leader on trade-for-development, what w...

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Calling Education Researchers…
I just got back from the fourth of seven events being held around the world drumming up interest in bidding for the RISE “Research on Systems of Education” project. There is £21 million of DFID money to be split between 5 country research teams (with a pref...

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South Sudan: A Cartoon History
This is amazing: an actual real cartoon history of the latest round of civil war in South Sudan, words by Alex de Waal. (via Tom )
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