Category Archives: ODI

Book talk: Africa: Why Economists Get it Wrong #LSE Friday 18 Sep, 6 PM

The event is free to attend, and there will be refreshments. There will also be copies of the books for sale. I will also discuss isues covered in my book on Wednesday 23 September at 1pm at the Overseas Development Institute.  The event is called: … Continue reading

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What did we learn from measuring the costs of monitoring the SDGs?

In response to my costing estimate of the MDGs, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network took the initiative to host a group of ‘experts’ to come up with a collective estimate. The group first met in October in Paris and New … Continue reading

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Statistical Earthquakes

That’s what Homi Kharas and Laurence Chandy calls it. They refer to the shifts that the new price data come from the International Comparison Program are causing to the poverty numbers. The new numbers are causing large revisions upwards and … Continue reading

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Data and Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Just came back from New York and the UNDP organized workshop and conference on Data and Accountability for Post-2015. You can browse the program and see some of the presentations here. My sense is that despite all the talk of … Continue reading

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What kind of ‘data revolution’ do we need?

There has been talk of a data-revolution. We are not quite sure what it would look like yet.  Here are my ‘five fundamental propositions‘ for a data revolution in development. 1.      We need to focus on data supply, not only … Continue reading

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Africa at LSE reviews my book – and an interview with the Africa Research Institute

Gerardo Serra, for sale who is a PhD student in the Department of Economic History at the London School of Economics and does fascinating work on the political economy of statistics in Ghana and the Gold Coast reviews Poor Numbers … Continue reading

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Upcoming talks

I spoke at Royal African Society yesterday, and the scheduled talks continues next week: Monday 13 May 17:00-19:00, Oxford University, African History & Politics Seminars Wednesday 15 May 12:15-14:00, Graduate Institute Geneva Thursday 16 May 14:00-17:00, CERI & SciencesPo, Paris … Continue reading

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