African stereotypes; land grabs update; new governance blog; bad aid (malaria and China examples); post MDGs – christmas tree, jigsaw or bullseye?; logical fallacies: links I liked
April 30, 2012
African stereotypes were all the rage on the interweb last week: ‘Africa’s image in the West, and Africa’s image to itself, are often crude, childish drawings of reality’ argues Binyavanga Wainaina. Others think humour works better: ‘Africans shocked by uncivilized antics of European savages’, South African satirical magazine Hayibo takes aim at Europe’s elephant-massacring kings and racist-cake-cutting ministers [h/t Beyond Aid].
What else? Big new database on land grabs: ‘Researchers estimate that more than 200m hectares (495m acres) of land – roughly eight times the size of the UK – were sold or leased between 2000 and 2010. Details of 1,006 deals covering 70.2m hectares in Africa, Asia and Latin America were published by the Land Matrix project, an international partnership involving five major European research centres and 40 civil society and research groups from around the world.’ Guardian coverage here.
A handy printable logical fallacies poster, (there’s 24 of them: strawman, appeal to authority, slippery slope, ad hominem – sadly, I’ve seen them all). Should be nailed on the wall of every wonk’s office (and to their hearts) [h/t everyone]