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A gold miner in Burkina Faso, 2013 (Photo: CIFOR/Flickr)
A gold miner in Burkina Faso, 2013 (Photo: CIFOR/Flickr)
Published 15 Jan 2018   Follow @AlexandreDayant

  • Stephan Dercon, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford, gives a great summary of the 'Big Ideals, Big Egos and Big Thinkers in development'.
  • According to Victoire Girard, the terrible reputation of artisanal mining is not justified (in Burkina Faso, at least). Her paper shows positive effects of artisanal mining activity in the country.
  • Sara Pantuliano argues that private sector involvement could offer a complementary solution to foreign aid by both providing funds and through innovative programing.
  • In their second part of their 'Graph of the week' series, the Center for Global Development uses the agricultural productivity gap to explain why farmers are not moving to urban areas.
  • In the Guardian, Mark Townsend reports on the hard reality of US President Donald Trump's decision to deport illegal immigrant back to their sometimes dangerous and deadly home.
  • The World Bank is launching a competition to find the best techniques to predict poverty. If you know about data science and development issues, you should sign up!

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