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Lee Crawfurd
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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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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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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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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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"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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