My first podcast; Jeff Sachs v the rest; Stiglitz meets Robin Hood; disability and development; men and gender; women’s economic empowerment and Africa’s middle classes: links I liked
Want to hear me rant on about food security, hunger and development? Now’s your chance on this Guardian podcast. Interviewer is Felicity Lawrence, clips from Olivier de Schutter, Jayati Ghosh and Raj Patel.
Very promising wonk-wars building over quite what the Millennium Villages Project is trying to achieve, and how it will assess its success, judging by these latest posts from Aid Watch and Chris Blattman. Late news: an online petition to reschedule a cancelled debate between Sachs and his critics. That is as rough as it gets in aid-land……
Joe Stiglitz, nobel laureate and enfant terrible of the international economics circuit held a press conference recently to discuss financial transaction taxes and the state of the international economy.
Lawrence Haddad reviews a book on a Cinderella issue in development – disability. About time.
“The way men and women are portrayed in the field of Gender & Development (GAD) does little to encourage men to see gender equality as their issue too”, argue Andrea Cornwall and Emily Esplen in the latest edition of the ejournal ‘Contestations’. After 30 years of feminist engagement with development, they say ‘it is proving harder than many of us had hoped for gender and development policy and practice to move beyond familiar stereotypes – women as abject victims or splendid heroines, men as all-powerful perpetrators’. It may have an esoteric title, but Contestations clearly knows a thing or two about marketing. The last edition, entitled “Sexual pleasure empowers all!”, got more than 240,000 hits when it was translated into Chinese. [h/t Guardian]
Yay, another online consultation, this time from DFID on women’s economic empowerment
Africa’s middle classes – a photo project [h/t Texas in Africa]