Fortnightly links: universal basic income, REDD+, IDAHOBIT, lights out, and more

The Earth at night in 2016 (image: ESRI,/Lights On Lights Out)

Universal basic income continues to be a hot topic in global development. In this blog post, Martin Ravallion explores 5 straw man arguments deployed on both sides of the debate. For those interested in background, a recent episode of the excellent Past Present podcast also looked at the history of calls for a universal basic income.

As the concept approaches its tenth anniversary, Kate Evans asks: is REDD+ dead?

In honour of IDAHOBIT Day this week (that’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia – May 17), this Guardian article profiles the members of the hijra community recently hired by the Kochi Metro Rail in south India.

This very cool map shows where lights have turned on — or been extinguished — between 2012 and 2016. An accompanying National Geographic article provides more details about the process of developing the map.

Stephen Radelet bravely goes ‘once more unto the breach’ to review the evidence for aid effectiveness in light of continuing threats that US aid will be heavily cut by the Trump administration.

What does a real feminist foreign policy look like? Valerie Percival reflects, in the Canadian context.

Those interested in the delivery of Australian aid may be interested in the response to a recent Senate Question on Notice [pdf] which details the top 10 contractors to the Australian aid program as a percentage of total ODA in 2015/16.

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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.

Ashlee Betteridge

Ashlee Betteridge was the Manager of the Development Policy Centre until April 2021. She was previously a Research Officer at the centre from 2013-2017. A former journalist, she holds a Master of Public Policy (Development Policy) from ANU and has development experience in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. She now works as a development consultant.

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