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Squeezing development research juice out of the Millennium Village Project evaluation

Thirteen years after the project started in 2005, the Millennium Village Project (MVP) founded by Jeffrey Sachs, has reached ‘peak evaluation’ with an article by Shira Mitchell and co-authors, ‘personal perspective’ by Jeffrey Sachs and another comment on the ‘fog of development’ by Eran Bendavid in the recent issue of The Lancet (all open access).
"The Millennium Villages Project: a retrospective, observational, endline evaluation"

* The evaluation in @TheLancet: https://t.co/M1HkL8jR9s

* Reaction from @JeffDSachs: https://t.co/JWJBEAA8JV

* Andrew Gelman's (@StatModeling) summary post: https://t.co/zjTCd8Bw4mpic.twitter.com/X752Ffbgko — David Evans (@tukopamoja) April 14, 2018Some commentators were quick to point out that the final-final word may be left to yet another evaluation with a DfID-IDS-3ie-connection, but right now, the discussion about the findings is in full swing.

Not sure how I missed this, but the evaluation of the Millennium Villages Project is out. I didn’…

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Hi all,

Some of the highlights from this week's review: ICC prosecutes gender-based violence; how we are getting China in Africa wrong; OLPC in Madagascar; the blockchain refugee camp in Jordan; the value of communicating 'human experience' & in Japan an AI is running for a mayoral position!

Enjoy!

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ICC prosecutes Islamist militant on groundbreaking gender-based charges
The former extremist fighter is accused of a long list of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including torture, extrajudicial punishments and participation in a policy of forced marriage, which the court argues “led to repeated rapes and sexual enslavement of women and girls”.
Jason Burke for The Guardian on latest developments in how the ICC includes gender-based violence in its charges for war crimes.

NGO Leaders Sign Pledge to Show Commitment for Change
More than a hu…

Links & Contents I Liked 276

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Hi all,

After a short Easter break, your favorite #globaldev link review is back!

What I realized when going through 2-week's worth of content was how quickly a nice review shaped up that features powerful and empowering stories by and about women.
There are stories about women shaping the Canadian foreign service, Helen Clark's challenges as senior UN diplomat, how journalism contributed to social change on FGM issues in Liberia, but also on how menstrual pads and consumerism won't 'fix' debates on periods. There is also new research on women's care work and a post on the commodification of self-care.

The other theme for this week is how 'the digital' interacts with development and humanitarianism: From the challenges of employing digital volunteer humanitarians and multiple digital identities to questions of how social media contribute to crises, biometrics in the humanitarian sector and big data for resilience!

Plus: Skip the annual report, don't li…

Our Communication for Development program is hiring a full-time, permanent teacher & researcher!

Our Communication for Development program is looking for a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor-equivalent) to join our team!

This is a full-time, permanent position and applications are accepted until 30 April 2018!
The full job specifications and details of how to apply are available on Malmö University’s website.

So please do not hesitate to spread the word, submit an application or get in touch with me if you have further questions!
As I will not be directly involved in the hiring process I am very happy to answer informal inquiries about working at Malmö University, in Swedish higher education or about living in (Southern) Sweden!

Here's an excerpt of the application text:
As a senior lecturer in Communication for Development you will be involved in independent teaching, course and programme management, supervision and examination of master’s theses, educational development work, research, and collaboration with external stakeholders, international research partners and the …

Links & Contents I Liked 275

Hi all,

Welcome to link review #275!

Development news: The complexities of sex work in South Sudan; Nepal's infrastructure & pollution challenges; Are the SDGs simply 'BS'? What is the future of urbanization? Foreign aid impact-it's complicated! Comic relief wants fewer white saviors; Clooney & Prendergast still want to save Africa; DDD from a local perspective; young Swedish woman goes to Kibera, hugs child:
"One of the happiest moment in your life was probably when you met me and my friends"; Red Cross & dashcams; death of a journalist in Sudan; impact of news reporting on UK aid sector; gender equality in the charity sector.
Our digital lives: Disrupting news media funding.

Enjoy!

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