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Understanding China’s approach to international development

March 27, 2012

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A great piece was published in The Guardian a few days back on SaferWorld’s report on China’s influence in conflict-affected states. The most interesting part is the insight offered by Dr Xiao Yuhua, from the Institute of African Studies at the Zhejiang Normal University in China. Speaking in the context of  the North’s decreasing leverage in […]

Mobile technology, participation, gender (and a dodgy stat)

March 27, 2012

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I somehow missed this UNDP report “Mobile Technologies and Empowerment: Enhancing human development through participation and innovation”. It’s important to note the mobile specific aspect of current and future technologies being addressed in detail as for all the media talk of Twitter and Facebook revolutions pretty much everything I’ve heard those in the know say […]

Listening to the real drivers of development

March 17, 2012

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  Imagine if a group of medics turned up at your door, set up an operating table, performed surgery and proscribed you a course of medication without finding out from you any details of your symptoms nor any discussion as to whether the proposed method of intervention would have any positive effect on your wellbeing. […]