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Friedman goes to Africa, does his thing, and the results are as bad as expected
This is seriously how an OpEd columnist for the New York Times started his latest piece: You can learn everything you need to know about the main challenges facing Africa today by talking to just two people in Senegal : the rapper and the weatherman. They’v...
This is seriously how an OpEd columnist for the New York Times started his latest piece: You can learn everything you need to know about the main challenges facing Africa today by talking to just two people in Senegal: the r...
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Comparing the politics of the leading U.S. presidential candidates
That is according to politicalcompus.org . The scale is global, for those who think it looks too extreme. What is interesting is the fact that Clinton's position in 2016 is about the same as where Bush is located in the 2004 electoral chart .
That is according to politicalcompus.org. The scale is global, for those who think it looks too extreme. What is interesting is the fact that Clinton's position in 2016 is about the same as where Bush is located in the 2004 e...
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India may have a malaria problem on its hands
It is no secret that global health data has its problems. They matter particularly when trying to understand disease burden trends and how to respond. As Ankita Rao & Vivekananda Nemana find in India, the issue may lead to some major problems. Take malaria ...
It is no secret that global health data has its problems. They matter particularly when trying to understand disease burden trends and how to respond. As Ankita Rao & Vivekananda Nemana find in India, the issue may lead to so...
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What expert does Hillary Clinton consult about global poverty? Bono
Hint: It's not an expert, government official, or people actually living in poverty. Man asks Clinton about global poverty, she replies: "I've had many conversations with Bono on this." — Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) November 4, 2015 HT  +Africa is a Country  
Hint: It's not an expert, government official, or people actually living in poverty. Man asks Clinton about global poverty, she replies: "I've had many conversations with Bono on this."— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) November 4, 20...
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Map of the day: In which Chinese province will you live longest?
As is the case for nearly everywhere in the world, all parts of a country are not created equal. This map from The Economist shows the varying outcomes in each province. More info: The study* shows that a baby born in China in 1990 would live on average to ...
As is the case for nearly everywhere in the world, all parts of a country are not created equal. This map from The Economist shows the varying outcomes in each province. More info: The study* shows that a baby born in China ...
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This thing is not a silver bullet: cookstoves edition
Because we as people like to over hype technical solutions, fads take off with plenty of fanfare that set up expectations well beyond what is possible. Cookstoves are a good example. Indoor smoke inhalation is a major killer. Getting people who cook using o...
Because we as people like to over hype technical solutions, fads take off with plenty of fanfare that set up expectations well beyond what is possible. Cookstoves are a good example. Indoor smoke inhalation is a major killer...
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Mom complains she can't shield her son from slave-owning past of U.S. founders
In a recent story for the American Conservative , Suzanne Sherman describes her recent cross-country trip to visit historic sites related to the founding fathers. She hoped for a trip steeped in political theory and history about the philosophies that shape...
In a recent story for the American Conservative, Suzanne Sherman describes her recent cross-country trip to visit historic sites related to the founding fathers. She hoped for a trip steeped in political theory and history ab...
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American healthcare so expensive, Biden had to consider selling house to cover costs
The New York Times reports the touching story of President Obama offering financial help for Vice President Biden when his son Beau fell ill. Concerned about the financial burden on his son's family, Biden told Obama he and his wife would sell their house, ...
The New York Times reports the touching story of President Obama offering financial help for Vice President Biden when his son Beau fell ill. Concerned about the financial burden on his son's family, Biden told Obama he and h...
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The 2015 #DevelopmentDictonary translates aid-speak for the masses
[ View the story "The 2015 #DevelopmentDictionary" on Storify ]
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A cynical view of news?
Powerful. Posted by Independent Liverpool on  Saturday, October 10, 2015 "News: Rich people paying rich people to tell middle class people to blame poor people" Can't say I share the sentiment, but I can see why some people feel this way. There are certainl...
Powerful. Posted by Independent Liverpool on Saturday, October 10, 2015 "News: Rich people paying rich people to tell middle class people to blame poor people" Can't say I share the sentiment, but I can see why some people fe...
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Finally, some national attention about the heroin epidemic
Getting a little local today, but I was glad to see my hometown get a mention in a New York Times article about the growing problem of heroin in the US. It is the top issue for New Hampshire voters and Hillary Clinton stopped by a few months ago to particip...
Getting a little local today, but I was glad to see my hometown get a mention in a New York Times article about the growing problem of heroin in the US. It is the top issue for New Hampshire voters and Hillary Clinton stopped...
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MSF continues pressing for accountability in Kunduz attack
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is continuing to apply pressure on the United States to determine what happened when it bombed an MSF-run hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan this month. An OpEd from MSF USA executive director Jason Cone i...
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is continuing to apply pressure on the United States to determine what happened when it bombed an MSF-run hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan this month. An OpEd from MSF USA...
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How PlayPumps are an example of learning from failure - Humanosphere
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Everybody loves to point out the massive failure that was PlayPumps, but what about what was learned from them? Turns out they are an excell

Failed states are a western myth
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Elliot Ross: The concept of the failed state is meaningless. It was invented as a rationale to impose US interests on less powerful nations

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Missionary, Mercenary, Mystic, Misfit - An interview with the author - B...
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I have come to terms with the fact that I write terrible book reviews. Instead of a review, I present an interview with J, author of Mission

Coming to your local refugee camp: Ikea shelters - Humanosphere
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Ikea teamed up with the UN Refugee Agency and the Refugee Housing Unit to design better homes for refugees.

A Good Day For Equality | Wronging Rights
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“Marriage bestows enormous private and social advantages on those who choose to marry. Marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to a

Five rules for using Twitter as an aid/development professional
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Everyone from Hillary Clinton to three year-old Isabelle Cullen is on Twitter, and Brendan Rigby thinks you should be too. He explains how T

Maria Hengeveld | June 26th, 2013 Is violence against women too ...
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Back in February gender-based violence dominated media and public talk when South Africans declared themselves woken up, disgusted, outraged

The news on AIDS in South Africa is not what you think › Jina Moore
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The “AIDS in Africa” story we know in the West is bleak: HIV is spreading across the continent, accosting and killing men and women by ...

Context | Culture | Collaboration: The "Beyond #PovertyPorn" Debate: Ins...
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Kurante hosted a G+ Hangout on the question of "poverty porn" and how to move beyond it. Participants included Charlie Beckett, Ethan Zucker

What's in a Name? Refugees verses IDPs - Humanosphere
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Refugees and IDPs are considered to be two different groups, but they are all still people who had to flee from their homes, says Aid Leap.

WhyDev would be Flattr'd to have your attention
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Support sustainable blogging. Just like everything else in the development world, WhyDev is run for love and not money. But that doesn't mea

Protests Spread Across Brazil
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Starting late last week, with several small protests denouncing a hike in public transport fares, demonstrations flared up yesterday, encomp

West Africa, as Seen From Its Barbershops
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Andrew Esiebo, who documents barbershops in West Africa, is among an emerging generation of African photographers telling stories rooted in

Dear Vice Magazine: How Could You Do This? | Wronging Rights
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I wish that I could find a video or transcript of the speech, because it is difficult to do justice to it without access to the text, but sh

Study: Daily Sunscreen for 24% Fewer Wrinkles
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People's skin aged less with the use of sunscreen every day, rain or shine.

Feud watch: Dambisa Moyo responds to being called 'evil' by Bill Gates
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In recent weeks, Bill Gates has weighed in on Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson's Why Nations Fail (negatively) and Morton Jerven's Poor Num

Reaffirming the Fight for Women's Rights in Malaysia - Humanosphere
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Humanosphere correspondent Jessica Mack was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week for the third annual Women Deliver conference, which is real

Tornado #SWEDOW
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The #SWEDOW (Stuff WE DOn’t Want) debate has surfaced a bunch of times on this site, and far moreso across the aid blogosphere over the last