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Fortnightly links: strategic comms, UK aid, SDGs, menstrual hygiene management, and more

Welcome to the first fortnightly links of 2017! To start off, CharityComms, the UK’s network for non-profit communications professionals, reviews the key lessons in strategic…

Fortnightly links: inequality, Nicaragua, coconuts, Radi-Aid awards, Syria, and more

On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon briefed the Security Council on the fall of Aleppo and ensuing atrocities. According to a Guardian correspondent interviewed by the…

Fortnightly links: Trump, education, tons of aid, donated shoes, and more

The ODI’s Alex Their offers his take on what a Trump presidency might mean for aid. And other ODI experts offer their views on President-elect…

Fortnightly links: tramadol, US foreign assistance, Saudi Arabian suffrage, and more

A synthetic painkiller called tramadol is the only opioid accessible by people with cancer and post-surgical pain in many developing countries. Because it is unregulated…

Fortnightly links: Colombia, Turkey, economists on Africa, border walls, and more

ABC’s Rear Vision podcast looks at why the referendum to end Columbia’s civil war failed and what might come next. Writing in the New Yorker Dexter Filkins looks at Fethullah Gülen,…

Fortnightly links: development unicorns, sweatshops, Afghan aid, cobalt, and more

Stories of failed development innovations are like unicorns — rare but welcome. An example can be found in this summary, or access the full article in the…

Fortnightly links: RCT sceptics, cash + childcare, US-China trade, Global Fund, and more

Angus Deaton exchanges his RCT scepticism for a carefully considered pros and cons approach in this new NBER working paper (ungated here). Aptly enough, this…

Fortnightly links: evaluation and data, immunization, the ethics of aid, Ethiopia, and more

A blog, linked to longer documents, from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) offers some clear-headed thinking on just what sort of evaluation is…

Fortnightly links: ending war, food rations, rebooting aid and trade, corporate concessions, and more

Fortnightly links: ending war, food rations, rebooting aid and trade, corporate concessions, and more

Did you know that a Colombian ceasefire signed in June means that half of the earth — the entire Western hemisphere — is now free of…

Fortnightly links: banking and cash transfers, Angola, redistribution, and Rio 2016

An interesting study (gated; ungated) using experimental evidence from Uganda, Malawi, and Chile finds that providing free bank accounts only modestly increases savings and does not…