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Aid links: cricket in India, “edutainment” in Nigeria, and more

Links and stories from the aid and development sector.

Beach cricket, Chennai, India (Photo: Balaji Photography/Flickr)
Beach cricket, Chennai, India (Photo: Balaji Photography/Flickr)
Published 29 May 2018 

  • RMIT ABC fact-checkers confirmed the accuracy of a tweet from World Vision’s policy and advocacy director, Susan Anderson, that stated: “This year’s budget is the fifth year in a row that the Australian Government has cut Australian aid”.
  • Matt Lowe ran an interesting experiment to see if cricket could increase cross-caste friendship in rural India. This summary of the program explains its surprising results.
  • Teliman, a company that is about to solve Bamako’s transit problem, bears testament to what can be achieved from open innovation and the World Bank’s Maximizing Finance for Development approach.
  • Constructive Deconstruction: Future Humanitarian Action is a three-part podcast series in which ODI experts discuss new visions to shake-up the future of humanitarian aid. In the first episode, Christina Bennett, head of the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI, pitches a vision of a whole-of-problem crisis response based on humanitarian principles.
  • In this piece, Rahul Bhatia discusses India’s “Aadhaar”, the largest biometric identification database in existence, and argues that it might be the reason why some people in the country starved to death.
  • Abhijit Banerjee,  Eliana La Ferrara, and Victor Orozco examined the power of edutainment (education through media) to change human behaviour when it comes to HIV communication in Nigeria.
  • The World Bank released its 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals in an effort to make its data on SDGs accessible. The publication includes more than 180 maps and charts showing the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs. In that same vein, watch out for the Lowy Institute Pacific Aid Map, a new innovative tool mapping foreign assistance in the Pacific.
  • Ravina Shamdasani, a United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) spokesperson, has called on the Algerian Government to stop collectively expelling thousands of migrants.
  • Brookings created a blueprint to help countries around the world radically transform education. Jenny Anderson discusses the methodology and its application worldwide.

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