In Gaile Parkin's novel Baking Cakes in Kigali, two women living in Kigali, Rwanda – Angel and Sophie – argue over the salary paid to a development worker: "Perhaps these big…

David Evans |

In the closing scene of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Police Commissioner Gordon tells his son that Batman is “the hero Gotham deserves but not the one it needs right now” (video). This…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

One of the most cited of Martin Ravallion’s many papers implores researchers to “look beyond averages” if they want to better understand development processes. One fruitful area in which this…

Michael Woolcock |

About this series More blog posts Forced displacement is a global crisis that requires urgent humanitarian action. But as displacement tends to last many years – with long-term impacts on the…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Jo de Berry |

Photo credit: "Children on the Run" report by UNHCR Also available in:Français | Español | العربية  [[tweetable]]It’s not just war that sends people into exile.[[/tweetable]] A young…

Alys Willman, Cordelia Chesnutt |

After seeing PowerPoint slides of the preliminary findings over the course of more than a year, it’s nice to be able to report that the six-country study that is evaluating the “ultra-poor…

Berk Özler |

Having stumbled upon this development economics symposium, which took place in DC on Saturday, this paper

Berk Özler |

So what makes people do socially oriented tasks better? An interesting new paper by Nava Ashraf, Oriana Bandiera, and Kelsey Jack shows that money doesn’t matter and recognition makes a big…

Markus Goldstein |

Since I reviewed, back in April, the paper by Ashraf, Field, and Lee on the effect of providing vouchers for injectable contraceptives to women in reducing unwanted pregnancies in Lusaka, Zambia,…

Berk Özler |