Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Close the gap! The cost of inequality in women’s work

Sex discrimination at work costs women in poor countries $9 trillion each year – more than the combined GDPs of Britain, France and Germany. This huge inequality exists because women … Continue reading

Saturday, 24 January 2015 · Leave a comment

Social security facing increased mobility of the global workforce

Worldwide, there are over a billion internal and international migrants. One driving factor for migration is often the search for better conditions of work and employment, which for many is … Continue reading

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 · Leave a comment

Media Development with Chinese Characteristics

Iginio Gagliardone – China’s concessionary loans and support to development projects have tended to shift balances of power by favouring certain actors over others and have challenged existing development paradigms, … Continue reading

Saturday, 17 January 2015 · Leave a comment

Local democracy as a substitute for data (and rather a good substitute too)

David Satterthwaite – Demand for data generally comes from those who control funds and other resources. National governments and international agencies. Not those who need funds (or schools or potable … Continue reading

Friday, 16 January 2015 · Leave a comment

An Economics of Wellbeing: What Would Economics Look Like if it were Focused on Human Wellbeing?

This paper makes a number of fundamental proposals to reconsider economics by putting human wellbeing at the centre. This conception of wellbeing takes into account the material, relational, and cognitive/subjective … Continue reading

Monday, 12 January 2015 · Leave a comment

Universal healthcare: the affordable dream – Amartya Sen

Universal healthcare is often presented as an idealistic goal that remains out of reach for all but the richest nations. That’s not the case, writes Amartya Sen. Look at what … Continue reading

Wednesday, 7 January 2015 · Leave a comment

Irresistibly biased? The blind spots of social innovation

Social innovation has an irresistible global appeal, but is it biased towards protecting the status quo? Social innovation has an irresistible global appeal. Who wouldn’t be persuaded by the challenge … Continue reading

Wednesday, 7 January 2015 · Leave a comment

The truth about smart cities: ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy’

In truth, competing visions of the smart city are proxies for competing visions of society, and in particular about who holds power in society. “In the end, the smart city … Continue reading

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 · Leave a comment

The Relationship between LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development

When LGBT people are denied full participation in society because of their identities, their human rights are violated, and those violations of human rights are likely to have a harmful … Continue reading

Monday, 29 December 2014 · Leave a comment

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