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Easter links: inequality, cash on delivery, SDGs, cultural values, Micronesian migration and more

If inequality feels like the sort of thing you want to preoccupy yourself with over the long Easter weekend, the Conversable Economist blog features a…

Book review: Indonesia Etc. by Elizabeth Pisani

Elizabeth Pisani, a former newswire journalist who was based in Jakarta during the Suharto era before making a career change into epidemiology, has previously bought…

Australia gets on board the AIIB – but with caveats

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Sunday that Australia would be signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which would…

Xanana Gusmão on conflict, development and sovereignty for Timor-Leste

On March 16, His Excellency Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão delivered the Annual S T Lee Lecture on Asia and the Pacific before a large audience…

Weekend reading and listening (plus a bonus talk to go to next week)

It’s marred by a few flaws (ominously intoning about the size of global debt is largely meaningless — one person’s debt is another’s savings, so…

Funding for TB and malaria product development partnerships: Australia’s back

While the launch of DFAT’s own ‘innovation hub’ captured the limelight on 23 March, foreign minister Julie Bishop announced on the same day, the eve of…

After the storm, the deluge

In the wake of Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu needs aid; however it does not need more aid organisations. Citing the Vanuatu government national disaster committee deputy…

More aid cuts? It’s news to Julie Bishop

In an article today in The Australian on the newly launched innovation hub at DFAT (which we’ll have more on soon), the newspaper’s foreign affairs…

Weekend reading and listening: the art of development, election biometrics, expats, data quality and new addresses

This week’s weekend reading and listening links, coming to you direct from our office located at since.coin.monks (more on that below): The role of the…

Julia and the four challenges

This may sound like the name for a 1960’s rock band. However, I am using it to highlight a speech by Julia Gillard in her…