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Fortnightly links: humanitarian aid vs ice cream, DFID’s new strategy, cholera, and more

Does the world really spend more than three times as much on on ice cream each year as it does on humanitarian assistance? The BBC’s…

Fortnightly links: aid and democracy, empowering women, South Sudan, and more

Sarah Blodgett Bermeo has a great, non-technical, post explaining what we know about the relationship between aid and democracy. Interesting evidence from IPA on the…

Fortnightly links: globalisation, Gambia, cash is best, corruption, Trump, and more

Owen Barder muses over the latest CGD Commitment to Development ratings and wonders whether we’ve hit high tide for globalisation. On similar matters, Dani Rodrik…

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…