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January 2007

Development Statistics can be fun

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The animated graphics prepared by Gapminder provide a nice explanation of the Human Development Trends, and make some of the frequently used development statistics more accessible.


Using these same tools Gapminder's founder, Hans Rosling, proves in a brilliant presentation at TED that development statistics can even be entertaining.


Gates gives $24 million for mobile banking

The Gates Foundation has given a $24 million grant to support mobile banking and other programs that use technology to expand access to financial services. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) is the recipient of the 4-year grant announced today. Statistics on mobile phone use from the press release:

Aceh Diary: newsletter

Our Aceh diarist, David Lawrence, sends greetings and the promise of a new post coming soon. To tide you over until then, here's the latest newsletter from his office. Read up on aquaculture projects in Aceh and look for the photo of fellow PSD blogger Laurence Carter.

Less is more Madonna?

For reasons unknown, the Material Girl's 'Material World' has been swirling round my head. I believe this is called an 'earworm' and sadly, there is no known cure: I just have to wait for the next song to take its place.

While the song is anchored in 1980s excess (impress/depress yourself... in which year did the song come out?), it may be due for recycling. A Millennium version of 'Material World' might carry the opposite connotation - less is more.

Science and Technology: Building Capacity for Development

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The January issue of Development Outreach, the World Bank Institute's publication, is out. Collaborators in this issue look at Science and Technology and how it can support Development.


Editorial: Building Science, Technology and Innovation Capacity: Turning ideas into actions, by Alfred Watkins, Egbe Osifo-Dawodu, Michael Ehst, and Boubou Cisse


On the web, necessity breeds invention

So, what are the smartest non-profits online? The answer is in an interactive list put together by NetSquared, Squidoo and GetActive. Non-profits are ranked based on their ability to integrate web 2.0 technologies in their business model. Quite why the list stops at 59 is beyond me.