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Hi all,

I think this week's review has all the features of yet another enjoyable read-if I say so myself :) !
There is Jeff Sachs, pertinent career advice (two weeks-that's how long it takes before you are forgotten once you left an organization), fundraising dilemmas, ivory trade in Uganda, manufacturing success in Vietnam, One Laptop Per Child again, a cautionary tale on mobile phones, the tale of two UNESCO chairs for ICT4D, safeguarding policies in Haiti-and pop-up skyscrapers for disaster zones...

Elon Musk wants you to walk out of meetings, blockchain is overrated + more snarky tweets on technology.

New articles on fieldwork ethics, Australian public opinion on aid policy & #CommunicationSoWhite.

And finally some anthropological insights into changing inequalities around giving birth in Mexico!


New from aidnography
Squeezing development research juice out of the Millennium Village Project evaluation
There is no doubt that the MVP debate will find its way into textboo…

Squeezing development research juice out of the Millennium Village Project evaluation

Thirteen years after the project started in 2005, the Millennium Village Project (MVP) founded by Jeffrey Sachs, has reached ‘peak evaluation’ with an article by Shira Mitchell and co-authors, ‘personal perspective’ by Jeffrey Sachs and another comment on the ‘fog of development’ by Eran Bendavid in the recent issue of The Lancet (all open access).
"The Millennium Villages Project: a retrospective, observational, endline evaluation"

* The evaluation in @TheLancet:

* Reaction from @JeffDSachs:

* Andrew Gelman's (@StatModeling) summary post: — David Evans (@tukopamoja) April 14, 2018Some commentators were quick to point out that the final-final word may be left to yet another evaluation with a DfID-IDS-3ie-connection, but right now, the discussion about the findings is in full swing.

Not sure how I missed this, but the evaluation of the Millennium Villages Project is out. I didn’…

Links & Contents I Liked 277

Hi all,

Some of the highlights from this week's review: ICC prosecutes gender-based violence; how we are getting China in Africa wrong; OLPC in Madagascar; the blockchain refugee camp in Jordan; the value of communicating 'human experience' & in Japan an AI is running for a mayoral position!


New from aidnography
Our Communication for Development program is hiring a full-time, permanent teacher & researcher!

Development news
ICC prosecutes Islamist militant on groundbreaking gender-based charges
The former extremist fighter is accused of a long list of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including torture, extrajudicial punishments and participation in a policy of forced marriage, which the court argues “led to repeated rapes and sexual enslavement of women and girls”.
Jason Burke for The Guardian on latest developments in how the ICC includes gender-based violence in its charges for war crimes.

NGO Leaders Sign Pledge to Show Commitment for Change
More than a hu…

Links & Contents I Liked 276

Hi all,

After a short Easter break, your favorite #globaldev link review is back!

What I realized when going through 2-week's worth of content was how quickly a nice review shaped up that features powerful and empowering stories by and about women.
There are stories about women shaping the Canadian foreign service, Helen Clark's challenges as senior UN diplomat, how journalism contributed to social change on FGM issues in Liberia, but also on how menstrual pads and consumerism won't 'fix' debates on periods. There is also new research on women's care work and a post on the commodification of self-care.

The other theme for this week is how 'the digital' interacts with development and humanitarianism: From the challenges of employing digital volunteer humanitarians and multiple digital identities to questions of how social media contribute to crises, biometrics in the humanitarian sector and big data for resilience!

Plus: Skip the annual report, don't li…