It would be invidious to recommend particular blogs, and what’s the point of having a blog if you can’t be invidious? So, if you only read a few development blogs, here is my list of who I think you should be reading. I expect I have embarrassed myself by leaving out somebody crucial – if so, please tell me in the comments and I’ll fix it. I’ve also updated the blogroll on the right of the page.
Development blogs you should be reading
To make this pleasingly controversial, I’ve also put them roughly in order, from “must read” at the top to “probably should read”. I’m not going in for that “in no particular order” fence-sitting stuff.
- Chris Blattman
- Duncan Green
- Bill Easterly (and colleagues)
- Aid Thoughts
- Karen Grepin
- Blood and Milk and everything else by Alana Shaikh
- Texas in Africa
- Global Dashboard
- Wronging Rights
- Tales from the Hood
- White African
- Good Intentions Are Not Enough
- Hand Relief International (spoof)
- Wandering Thoughts
- Rethinking Development Economics
- Aid on the Edge of Chaos
- last and least, me: Owen Abroad
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Development organisations and think-tanks
Here are some blogs from development organisations and think tanks – some of them can err on the wrong side of the blog/flog boundary from time to time. Again, best ones are first.
- Center for Global Development(disclosure: I work here)
- Shanta Devarajan at the World Bank
- Global Economic Governance group at Oxford
- Aidinfo (disclosure: I work here)
- Development Initiatives (disclosure: I work here)
- Publish What You Fund
- Danny Kaufmann at Brookings
- UK Department for International Development bloggers
- Ideas 4 development
- Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Blog
Here are some development-related podcasts. (I’m about to start a new series of Development Drums, by the way).
- Development Drums (self publicity alert!)
- The Center for Global Development Prosperity Wonkcast
- Think Before You Give
- BBC Africa Today
- Peterson Perspectives
- PRI: Global Health and Development
- The World Bank Podcasts
- Philanthropy This Week
- PRI: The Changing World
Bubbling up: newer development blogs
Here are some more you might want check out – they are too new (to me, at least) or slightly off-topic to be included in my “must read” list, but they look promising:
- Access to Action
- Do No Harm – by folks at the London School of Economics
- Waylaid Dialectic
- Lindsay Morgan’s Despatches
- Wait … What?
And of course there are more also-rans and off-topic blogs on the right of the screen.
If you are a Twitter user, you might be interested to add these to your list of people you follow:
- A list of Center for Global Development Fellows on Twitter
- Jim Cashel’s list of global development types on Twitter
- Mike Gechter’s list
Who are we missing?
I’m looking forward to being introduced to new blogs, and being reminded of blogs I’ve forgotten, in the comments.