Dr. Fennell organises workshop on Evidence Based Policy
The Centre of Development Studies and the World Bank Institute jointly organised a colloquium on 'Examining Evidence of Institutional Change on Poverty Reduction'
The focus of the colloquium was on how governments and donors, who spend billions each year on designing and implementing interventions, can create favourable institutional conditions for poverty reduction. The remit of the colloquium was to regard institutional change along both the supply and demand sides of the provision of goods and services, where the supply side focus has been on the efficiency of provision and the effectiveness of organisational delivery, while demand side looks to improve stakeholder ownership through strengthening voice and accountability mechanisms.
The presentations and discussions were located around the consequences of not having clear evidence of the impact of such interventions. The colloquium focussed on how current indicators of institutional changes could work better to improve the lives of the poor and how to better facilitate these institutional changes at an expedited rate to more quickly achieve poverty eradication.
Ha-Joon Chang voted the third most influential economist in the Prospect World Thinkers 2013 polls
Ha-Joon Chang has been voted the third most influential economist in the Prospect World Thinkers 2013 poll (overall rank 18), after Paul Krugman (overall rank 5) and Amartya Sen (overall rank 7). The full information is at:
Dr Jasdeep Sandhu visits Cambridge
When Brian Eno met Ha-Joon Chang
Brian Eno has a new album out. How best to explain it? By hooking up with radical economist Ha-Joon Chang to debate everything from finance to free jazz and dogs in parks. Caspar Llewellyn Smith joins in.
‘Let’s find a place in between’ … Eno and Chang in conversation. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian
New post for Dr Alexandra Winkels
In addition to her position as an affiliated lecturer in Centre of Development Studies, from 1st October 2012 Dr Alexandra Winkels will be working part-time for four years as the Institute Teaching Officer and Academic Director in Development Studies for the Cambridge University Institute for Continuing Education at Madingley Hall. As part of this position she will also be the Course Director for the Undergraduate Certificate in International Development.
China's growing influence in Africa article
Read Tayyab Safdar's in depth article here.
Peter Nolan Book Launch
"Adaptation, Poverty and Development: The Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being" Edited by David Alexander Clark
Adaptation, Poverty and Development: The Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being Edited by David Alexander Clark
With a Foreword by David Hulme
In contrast to previous attempts to examine adaptation to climate change in developing countries, the authors focus on how individuals and broader social groups adjust their aspirations, mental states, social values and behaviour and practices in response to changes in their personal and social circumstances. Employing a unique blend of cross disciplinary work from economics, psychology, sociology and philosophy this innovative book draws on quantitative and qualitative techniques. The book is divided into three parts that deal with conceptual issues, empirical studies and specific topics (gender, disability, migration) relating to adaptation in developing countries. It includes detailed case studies of adaptation in China, Ethiopia, India and South Africa and underlines the case for listening to the poor by suggesting that people who become worse off are less likely to lower their aspirations – or restrict their values – than is commonly thought by some philosophers and social scientists.
Official opening of the Alison Richard Building
On Friday, 4 May the Alison Richard Building was formally opened by Professor Dame Alison Richard DBE.