What I’m reading this month: April 2019 edition

We had so many entries this month from other DFID colleagues that I limited the number of items I added to the email list, saving some goodies for next month.

Southern Rail journeys (papers/journal articles/longer thought pieces)

 Julian Barbera, Thinking and working politically in the Vanuatu skills sector: supporting local leadership and building a political constituency for change

The Vanuatu Skills Partnership is a DFAT-funded programme that is helping to move technical and vocational training towards a demand-driven skills programme, and it’s doing so by supporting local leadership over a long period of time to overcome entrenched interests and redirect training towards areas in which the economic opportunities are the greatest. It’s also a rare example of a case study looking at a programme that’s been ‘TWPing’ long before it was called that, and some of the lessons are unique. This includes broadening our understanding about what it means to ‘work politically’: working with elite incentives (including leaving some clientelist areas alone), purposively building political communities and creating a committed and empathetic programme culture.

Andrew Fischer, Bringing development back into development studies

This article is a critical response to a recent article by Rory Horner and David Hulme calling for a move away from ‘international development’ to ‘global development’. Fischer’s critique draws richly on classic development literature as well as newer sources, viewed through a 21st century lens, and left me thinking well after I read it (e.g., what is the impact of pushing developing countries to focus on consumption over production? Are we focused enough on in-country inequality or between-countries inequality?). If I were still teaching Intro to Development Studies, this would be on my reading list for sure.

Heather’s Lost & Found Bin

Natascha Mueller-Hirth, Women’s experiences of peacebuilding in violence-affected communities in Kenya

Ban Ki-Moon, Governing geoengineering

CGD, The principles on commercial transparency in public contracts

Philip Dubow, Examining crime and terrorism along China’s Belt and Road

Rohini Pande, Vestal Mcintyre & Lucy Page, A new home for extreme poverty: Middle-income countries

CMI, Is artificial intelligence the future tool for anti-corruption?

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, Organised crime and its role in contemporary conflict: An analysis of UN Security Council Resolutions

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