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Fortnightly links: Zuckerberg, UNFPA, life expectancy, and Global Fund

Michael Hobbes asked 40 development practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists: how should Mark Zuckerberg spend his US$45 billion? On Policy Forum, Sharon Bessell delivers a strong…

Fortnightly links: worms, inequality, paywalls and happiness

Has inequality started to fall in China? Ravi Kanbur, Yue Wang and Xiaobo Zhang’s analysis suggests it has. Still on inequality, but now talking globally,…

Fortnightly links: famine, feminist development policy, edible drones, snakebite, and more

An estimated 40% of people in South Sudan and 50% in Somalia — over 10 million people in total — are in urgent need of food,…

Fortnightly links: Fanon, voting, new podcast, Global Fund, and more

Adam Shatz has a beautiful piece on the subtleties, and contradictions, of Franz Fanon. An intriguing lawyer’s diary in the London Review of Books tells…

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…