Blattman on Kony 2012; weird nutrition; good news on poverty; who needs ‘Official Views’?; food modelling; women and blogging; Rodrik v Harvard students; Make Bradford British: Links I liked
‘Let’s suppose for a moment that, on balance, everyone conforms to their worst stereotypes: the badvocacy organization is simplistic, self-aggrandizing, and adolescent; and the academics are so busy being nuanced and obscure that they are useless. (These are not hard things to suppose.) Could, in spite of it all, the KONY 2012 campaign still lead to the right solution? I think the answer might be yes.’ Chris Blattman takes a break from his holiday to shed some light on Kony 2012.
‘There is something odd about the burden of malnutrition. While in hungry households just over a quarter of children under five are too short for their age—a classic symptom of malnutrition—a third are overweight, malnourished in the opposite sense. Tyre is suffering malnutrition and obesity simultaneously.’ The Economist uncovers some striking trends in nutrition in the Middle East (see chart)
Good news on poverty – for the first time ever, it’s falling everywhere (but mainly in China). 6 page backgrounder from World Bank here. Critique of the numbers from Brookings Institute here [h/t Richard King]
Why must the World Bank, (or big NGOs, I guess) have ‘Official Views’? Fascinating post from Ben Ramalingam
What, you mean modelling might actually get it right sometimes? Tim Wise on Triple Crisis claims to have unlocked the secrets of food prices. Only trouble is his model predicts more price rises and volatility
Abba czar Tom Murphy muses further on women and blogging
Dani Rodrik argues against the ‘fetishization of globalization’ by experimenting on Harvard students……
At last, a progressive(ish) reality TV show – Make Bradford British takes a cross section of one of Britain’s most multicultural and divided cities and sees what happens when they have to live together. Moving and fascinating.