Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Who owns the city?

Much is at stake in the political competition over who will shape the destinies of Asia’s metropolitan areas: private investors and their pro-free-market backers, conservative and radical religious groups, or … Continue reading

Friday, 13 October 2017 · Leave a comment

The Eternal Return of Benign Colonialism

Originally posted on The Disorder Of Things:
One of a pair of posts we will be featuring at The Disorder?this weekend on the Third World Quarterly affair. This first contribution…

Sunday, 8 October 2017 · Leave a comment

East Asia and Pacific Cities : Expanding Opportunities for the Urban Poor

Urbanization in East Asia and the Pacific has created enormous opportunity for many. Yet the rapid growth of cities can also create challenges as national and local governments try to … Continue reading

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 · Leave a comment

Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: Development Progress from the Bottom Up

Relying on averages is worsening inequality within countries. A new AidData report looks at whether aid financing reaches the poorest regions and finds that donors are missing the mark…policymakers often … Continue reading

Saturday, 30 September 2017 · Leave a comment

Dynamics of Social Enterprises—Shift from Social Innovation to Open Innovation

This article looks into dynamics of open social enterprises. We used several research methods—literature review, content analysis and case studies through intensive interviews via semi-structured questionnaire.  Main finding of this … Continue reading

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 · Leave a comment

Urban Design in the Global South: Ontological Design in Practice

Paul James – Urban design tends to remake nature with the modern neatness and cultural flatness of a computer-generated verge pattern. However sensitive to cultural difference, various individual designers may be, … Continue reading

Monday, 25 September 2017 · Leave a comment

Aiming at the Wrong Targets: The Domestic Consequences of International Efforts to Build Institutions

Buntaine et al – We explain why international development organizations have had so little success building and reforming public sector institutions in developing countries. They often fail despite their apparently … Continue reading

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 · Leave a comment

Big data is people!

Rebecca Lemov – We live in what is sometimes called the ‘petabyte era’, and this pronouncement has provoked much discussion of the sheer size of data stores being created, as … Continue reading

Thursday, 14 September 2017 · Leave a comment

A tale of three cities, or: The smart city as will and category error

Adam Greenfield – By leveraging the decentralizing tendencies that appear to be implicit in our networked technologies, and the configurations of power they in principle give rise to, we can … Continue reading

Friday, 8 September 2017 · Leave a comment
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