Yesterday I pointed to a discussion by Shanta on the relationship between teacher absenteeism and politics.
Shanta from the World Bank's Africa blog looks at the relationship between teachers and politicians. One explanation for the poor quality of education in some developing countries is that many teachers are nothing more than political appointees. This often means that they don't bother showing up for work:
Earlier today I pondered Bill Easterly's thoughts on how to help Haiti. Tomorrow I will have the opportunity to hear the thoughts of another World Bank alum-turned-charming curmudgeon: Joseph Stiglitz.
Editor's Note: Sergio Schmukler is a Lead Economist in the World Bank's Development Research Group
A new paper from Vox argues that the best scholars tend to make the best university leaders (with one glaring exception):
Yesterday I attended a presentation at CGAP on responsible finance, which featured three excellent guest speakers, including Fe de la Cruz, Director of Corporate Affairs, Central Bank of the Philippines (the other guests included a former member of the Brazilian Central Bank, and Daryl Collins, co-author of Portfolios of the Poor).
Editor's Note: Silvia Sgherri is a Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund, where she has contributed to recent editions of the Regional Economic Outlook for Europe. Her views do not represent those of the IMF.
As announced in a previous post, the Random Hacks of Kindness "hackathon" is officially under way today. Thank you to those of you who contributed ideas for issues to be tackled or helped spread the word in the developers' community.