Celebrity activists who campaign about development are often sneered at by development economists and by commentators; they are variously accused of ignorance, of exploiting a cause to further their own career, or even of wanting to perpetuate poverty to justify their own public profile. Bob Geldof has given an extended interview on Development Drums about his work over three decades; you can judge for yourself if this criticism of celebrity activists is fair. (But beware: the language is colourfully and characteristically explicit in places.) You can listen to the 35 minute version here, or listen to the entire extended interview.
In the second of a series of three Development Drums podcasts about the relationship between citizens, states and development, Duncan Green talks about effective states and active citizens. Duncan is widely known for his terrific development blog; he is also the author of an ambitious book, From Poverty to Power, which is now out in its second edition.
In the latest Development Drums podcast, my colleague Michael Clemens explains why migration is important for development.
My 2012 Kapuściński Lecture considered the implications of complexity thinking for development economics and development policy. This post presents an updated version as a narrated online presentation which lasts about 45 minutes.
In the latest episode of Development Drums, David Roodman explains that rigorous evaluations of micro-credit suggest that, on average, it has no effect on poverty.
On Friday the Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will decide who will be the Bank’s next President. I've interviewed four of the candidates and the interviews are now online for you to listen to, and you can read the transcript here.
My guest in the latest Development Drums podcast is the moral philosopher Toby Ord.Toby has made a commitment to give away the majority of his lifetime income to charities working in the poorest countries.
Tim Harford, the undercover economist.
In the latest episode of Development Drums, I talk to author Tim Harford. Known to readers of the Financial Times as The Undercover Economist, Tim’s latest book Adapt is a magnificent explanation… Continue reading
Tony Blair is my guest on the latest Development Drums. He talks about his Africa Governance Initiative, and more broadly about democracy, leadership, globalization, DFID, and his own future.
A new edition of the Development Drums podcast is now available online. Malini Mehra from the Center for Social Markets and Alex Evans from the Center on International Cooperation at NYU take a step back… Continue reading
Andy Sumner has published a new paper which argues that the global poverty problem has changed because the countries in which most of the world’s poor liver are no longer classified as low-income countries (LICs). In 1990, about… Continue reading
Peter Gill's new book, Famine and Foreigners
Peter Gill talks on the latest Development Drums podcast about his new book, Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid.
The Ethiopian famine of 25 years ago killed more than 600,000… Continue reading
In the latest Development Drums podcast, Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman talk about their book Enough: Why The World’s Poorest Starve In An Age of Plenty.
I found it interesting that these two Wall Street Journal journalists lay… Continue reading
Rachel Glennerster - Poverty Action Lab
You may have heard talk about randomized evaluation as a way to understand the impact of development programmes.
In the first of a new series of the Development Drums podcast, Rachel Glennerster, the… Continue reading
Daniel Kaufmann and Mushtaq Khan talk about corruption in the latest edition of Development Drums.
Though they come from quite different points of view, there is quite a lot of convergence between them. They agree that there is much… Continue reading
Alison Evans, the new Director of ODI, stepped in to my seat to present the latest edition of the Development Drums podcast. She interviewed me and Roger Riddell about my paper, Beyond Planning. Thanks to all… Continue reading