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Lee Crawfurd
Works at Center for Global Development, Europe
Attends University of Sussex
Lives in Brighton, UK
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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 )
I'm an economist, currently working as a Research Associate on Education at the Center for Global Development in Europe, and on a PhD at the University of Sussex. Before that I worked on policy as a civil servant and consultant in the UK and in Africa. View my complete profile ...
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Excellent, accurate summary from Victor and Alex
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The Emerging Middle Class in Africa
Apparently I missed this, but a book I contributed to back in 2012 along with colleagues at OPM was published by Routledge in October last year, edited by Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa at the African Development Bank.    It's a snip on Amazon at o...
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"I didn't come into politics to distribute money to people in the Third World!"
Justine ‘ I didn’t come into politics to distribute money to people in the Third World ’ Greening, the UK Development Minister, spoke at Sussex yesterday. I wanted to ask her if the above quote was true, but she over-ran the allotted 20 minutes, leaving tim...
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"That UN -- I will shut it down"
A gloriously  unhinged rant from South Sudan's information Minister. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad (via: Dustin Johnson ).  In remarks yesterday, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Michael Makuei slammed not only the United Nations but also lo...
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Zoe Williams shows numeracy is not her strong point
Stuart Broad , the England cricketer, tweeted: I've heard if you earn minimum wage in England you're in the top 10% earners in the World.  #stay   #humble   — Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8)  January 27, 2015 which apparently provoked a backlash. Renowned econ...
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The IMF and Ebola
The debate rumbles on at the Monkey Cage, as Blattman responds to the response by the authors of the Lancet article to his response to their article. I find the debate mostly quite infuriating. To massively oversimplify, what tends to happen when IMF interv...
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Labour Beyond Aid
The UK Labour Party has a new pamphlet out with ideas for future development policy, labelled " Beyond Aid ." How does it measure up? CGD looks at 7 components of "Commitment to Development" in the annual index; aid, trade, migration, security, environment,...
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Never Mind Development, here's Nirvana
The biggest cash transfer programme in the world continues apace, as subsidies for fuel in India which used to be paid to fuel companies are being redirected into consumer's bank accounts . Continuing the push to extending coverage under the Aadhaar program...
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What I've Been Reading
Giles Wilkes (whose FT leaders really are good) nails something profound ; "I’ve been trying to work out what has been stressing me these last, ooh, 25 years and how to adjust my life accordingly. I don’t want stress, if possible. There have been obvious tr...
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Lampedusa Update
In 2013 the deaths of 366 migrants at sea off the coast of the Italian island Lampedusa caught the headlines. Last week another 300 died . Last year, it was an estimated total of 3,500.  European governments, including the British one , are opposed to rescu...
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The Future of the UN Development System
A new book from the co-Director of the Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS) project (can't believe they didn't call it the "FUN" project). Mark Malloch-Brown (former UN deputy-secretary-general and UNDP administrator) says; "There is no better compil...
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Standing desks
Because all the other cool development bloggers are blogging about standing desks and back-pain , I thought I would share mine here. This was a present from Abhijeet  and I use it a lot - it's lightweight aluminium, just about fits in a rucksack, and if you...
Because all the other cool development bloggers are blogging about standing desks and back-pain, I thought I would share mine here. This was a present from Abhijeet and I use it a lot - it's lightweight aluminium, just about fits in a rucksack, and if you work on a laptop like I do, ...
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  • Center for Global Development, Europe
    Research Associate (Education), 2015 - present
  • Oxford Policy Management
    Consultant, 2011 - 2014
  • Innovations for Poverty Action
    Communications Coordinator, 2010 - 2011
  • Ministry of Finance, South Sudan
    Economist, 2008 - 2010
  • DWP, UK Government
    Economist, 2007 - 2008
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Oxford, UK - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - Leeds, UK - Chatel, France - London, UK - Juba, Sudan - Todmorden, UK - Kigali, Rwanda
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Introduction
I'm an economist, currently working as a Research Associate on Education at the Center for Global Development in Europe, and on a PhD at the University of Sussex. Before that I worked on policy as a civil servant and consultant in the UK and in Africa. 
Education
  • University of Sussex
    PhD Economics, 2014 - present
  • University of Oxford
    MSc Economics for Development, 2006 - 2007
  • School of Oriental and African Studies
    BSc Development Economics, 2003 - 2006