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 the tale of a shattered state, an oil company, and a company lawyer in search for the truth.

Via FP2P, a fascinating new paper by Thomas Fujiwara which shows how the introduction of electronic voting in Brazil promoted enfranchisement, and subsequently increased health spending by a third and improved health outcomes.

If you’re after a new development podcast, Alice Evans’ “Four Questions” might be just what you’re looking for. Featuring interviews with academics in global development, recent episodes focuses on organised crime, the ICC, authoritarianism, the African middle class, and neoliberalism and emotions.

It’s back to square one for the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, which was expected to conclude its recruitment for a new Executive Director last week. John Zarcostas outlines the controversy surrounding the search in The Lancet, while Amanda Glassman of CGD offers her thoughts on the rebooted recruitment process.

The Atlantic takes a look at the bleak state of affairs inside the US State Department under the new administration.

“Salome had lived through civil war, conquered Ebola and served as a global face of humanitarianism. But she could not survive giving birth in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Camilla Burkot

Camilla Burkot is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre, where she works primarily on our program of research on Australian aid effectiveness and edits the Devpolicy Blog. She has a background in social anthropology and holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and has field experience in Eastern and Southern Africa, and PNG.

Terence Wood

Terence Wood is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. He heads our program of research into Australian and New Zealand aid. Terence’s research interests include aid policy, the politics of aid, and governance in developing countries. He has recently finished his PhD, studying voter behaviour in the Solomon Islands elections. Prior to commencing PhD study Terence worked for the New Zealand government aid program.

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