• Aiddata, an initiative of the college of William & Mary, has released their database of more than 5000 Chinese aid projects (primarily in the form of loans) around the world from 2000 to 2014. The database has been analysed by the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Foreign Policy.
     
  • The World Bank has released their East Asia and Pacific Economic Update, which shows largely positive signs for economic growth in the region (except for some countries, such as Papua New Guinea).
     
  • At the Brookings Institution, Jishnu Das discusses the findings of new research into public-private partnerships in education in Liberia and Pakistan. The World Education Blog also provides analysis of the Liberia experiment.
     
  • The latest edition of the World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief has been released. Remittances to low- and middle-income countries are on course to rise in 2017, after two consecutive years of decline.
     
  • Development economist Branko Milanovic discusses the differences between his memories of living in Yugoslavia and the official history of Yugoslavia.
     
  • Betsy Levy Paluck, a psychologist looking at prejudice, has recently been awarded a Macarthur Fellowship. NPR talks with her about her research in Rwanda. The New Yorker has also profiled her.
     
  • Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong has written about the importance of foreign aid in supporting regional health security.
     
  • Just days later, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced (speech here) a $300 million five-year Regional Health Security initiative.