Fortnightly links: NGO framing, grit, local elections in Indonesia and more

A hard hitting podcast on how the War on Terror has compromised and otherwise challenged humanitarian aid.

An intriguing (but pay-walled) article on how NGOs frame their advertising.

The psychological trait of ‘Grit‘ is all the rage when it comes to predicting life outcomes. Could this mean anything for development? Lee Crawfurd runs some numbers and concludes ‘no’. And the World Bank’s David McKenzie has a very helpful review of the book that’s central to all this.

The Interpreter has an interesting blog post on local elections in Indonesia.

The ABC has an interesting podcast on the long and winding tale of Nauru.

The New Yorker profiles Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani.

This podcast isn’t about development per se, but it will appeal if you’ve ever argued with someone about development and wondered why, even after you’ve battered them with facts, they still won’t change their minds.

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Camilla Burkot

Camilla Burkot was a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre, and Editor of the Devpolicy Blog, from 2015 to 2017. 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. She now works for the Burnet Institute.

Terence Wood

Terence Wood is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. His research focuses on political governance in Western Melanesia, and Australian and New Zealand aid.

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