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OCHA is asking for $216 million to serve the “most vulnerable #Haitians”. We have a plan #UNOCHA. The #Haiti Community Foundation can help you... 1/…
Plan for $216 million for #humanitarian assistance.1st: we mobilize #local & regional #community organizations in the 10 departments & make sure to have an inclusive -non-political, list of those most affected, incl. those who often never get the #Aid.Local staff= lower #costs 2/
Plan 4 $216 million for #humanitarian assist.2: w/our humongous costs savings due 2 local #supplies & no expat consultants #costs- we’ll use local consultants,we’ll set up #agriculture #funds for each Departments 4 supplies, training & l-cost financing. #results: 🔝#production 3/
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Prof Heather Marquette (@hamarquette of @iddbirmingham & @DFID_UK Senior Research Fellow for Governance & Conflict) thinks through how to bring 'Serious & Organised Crime' into future 'Development Research'
I’ve been doing research on corruption in #globaldev for well over 20 years. But what some might not know is that I started out my PhD with a proposal to do research on serious & organised crime. SOC in Boston linked to the IRA, to be exact.
My supervisor, the late (much loved & missed) Bob Williams, convinced me that corruption would be just as interesting, but the fieldwork would be safer. I'd picked up interest in development from Dr Anna Dickson & decided to combine the 2. It was a good move.

And yet...
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#bigdata is promising but not a panacea. We can miss obvious problems if we
rely only on big data. To enhance power of big data, we need to combine it with #thickdata - non-measurable, qualitative insights.

Sharing my IBM report, download 👇…
Limits of #bigdata 1⃣

Having lots of data can be overwhelming or have little utility
if the data are thin—that is, they lack meaning for users or fail to capture issues that matter most.
Limits of #bigdata 2⃣

Organizations may sometimes have big data on things that do not really
matter and yet lack data on issues that matter most. 🤔
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@fhgferreira (1/n) Response to @fghferreira's point of the day: It is a start that @WorldBank is now apparently emphasizing, after our debate, the idea I have long appealed to when criticizing the lack of meaning of its existing money-metric int'l poverty line & calling for an alternative:..
@fhgferreira @WorldBank (2/n) ...Amartya Sen's injunction that poverty should be conceptualized as 'absolute in the space of capabilities and relative in the space of commodities'. However, the approach being implemented by the Bank is mechanical and therefore wholly inadequate...
@fhgferreira @WorldBank (3/n)...A 'hybrid of absolute and relative' is not absolute in the required sense ('absolute in the space of capabilities'). It is merely muddled. First, the poverty line that is being referred to as 'absolute' does not, as I argued in our debate, have a convincing meaning...
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Congrats to @OECD_Centre on 🚀of Perspectives on #globaldev 2019: Rethinking Development Strategies

Highlight: By 2008, developing and emerging economies made up 50% of the global economy for the first time.

See blog by @mariopezzini
In particular, for forward-looking insights, I recommend Ch4 > Development thinking towards the 2020s

3⃣ 🔑factors:
1. rise of #China and other developing countries and its global implications
2. climate change
3. rising anti-globalism & populism in OECD countries
Calls for experimentation & local knowledge now the way to go in #globaldev

Growing recognition of adaptive capabilities & potential in developing countries, including China

Echoing ongoing work at @UNDP #AcceleratorLab

Hearkening back to Hirschman
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People in rich countries don’t often hear stories about organized people improving their communities in the Global South or strong organizations pushing their governments to change policies that hurt poor people. #DevComms #aid #globaldev #NGOs /1
Rather, the aid system is built on an assumption that outside experts have the knowledge, skills, and resources that are lacking in poor countries and communities. /2
Also the aid system is predicated on marketing materials that show needy, desolate, and despondent individuals unable to help themselves, and so, the stories persist, even if they little resemble what is happening in reality, on the ground. /3
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