Blogroll (under construction)

In an effort to keep my site clean and tidy, I’ve removed the blogroll from the sidebar. Recent additions to my blogroll were given a brief write up in my recent post on Who’s Who in Int’l Dev’t Blogging. I thought I’d go ahead and keep those brief write-ups here as they might be a useful addition to the blogroll. But, now I have to go back and do the same for the blogs that were already on the roll before the recent update. I’ll try to get to that in the coming week or so. If I haven’t done this by the end of July, somebody shoot me a reminder. Thanks.

Blogging in the field…of international development

A View from the Cave

Known best for his broad and timely reporting on aid and development, Tom Murphy co-founded the Development and Aid Workers News Service (DAWNs). He is a prolific blogger, often posting more than once a day, and often at more than one site. He is also an official Twitterati.

Africa is a Country

A collective media blog with scores of contributors covering media, politics, sports, opinion, and events. Explicitly not covering famine, Bono, or Barack Obama. (But is it really an African blog without Bono?)

Aid on the Edge of Chaos

Written by Ben Ramalingam, this blog explores the nexus of complexity sciences and international aid. “It is hoped that the blog will provide a means of connecting up the emerging community of practitioners interested in alternatives to linear, mechanistic approaches to development.” Right on.

Aid Thoughts


Blood and Milk

Bottom Up Thinking

Center for Global Development

Chris Blattman

Dani Rodrik

Develop Economies

Development Research Institute – NYU

Oh rejoice, Bill Easterly blogs again!! No comments are allowed, which takes half the fun out of the experience, but Bill, along with Yaw Nyarko, keep their posts lively, short, and daily. A must follow.

Evan Lieberman

An associate professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, Evan manages to keep the posts accessible and non-academic. They are still informed and smart. He writes about governance, development, identity, and politics in Africa.

Find What Works

Dave Algoso is a young international development professional based in Kenya and a recent graduate of NYU’s Wagner School’s MPA program. He’s a very prolific and good writer – smart, articulate, and broad in scope. One of the best new additions to the blogroll.

From Poverty to Power

I can’t tell you why I didn’t have Duncan Green’s blog on the roll before. What an omission! Duncan is Head of Research for Oxfam GB. He can be a bit academic for some, but he is influential on a broad spectrum of topics related to international development: economics, aid, politics, climate change, global finance, gender, human rights, conflict and security, etc. A must follow.

Gernot Wagner

A young and brilliant environmental economist at the Environmental Defense Fund. Author of “But Will the Planet Notice?: How Smart Economics can Save the World.” He keeps most of his informative posts very short and focused.

Good Intentions are Not Enough

How Matters


Update: I forgot to add this one to the original post. (forehead slap!) Tom Paulson at KPLU (public radio 88.5 in Tacoma, WA – awesome jazz station!) gives us news and analysis of global health and the fight against poverty. It’s part news outlet and part blog, and completely worth following.

Ideas for Development

KM on a Dollar a Day

Ian Thorpe works in the UN on knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation. The blog is fairly focused, sometimes technical, and not for everybody. But for those interested in KM, DME, data analysis, research, transparency, and smart aid, there is no better blog out there than this.

Lessons I Learned

Open the Echo Chamber

Ed Carr is an academic that blogs on a broad spectrum of topics related to international development, but is at his best when talking about climate change, food security, livelihoods, and adaptation. I don’t read his blog that often because his font is too darn small. Ed is definitely worth reading; I just wish he’d change his font.

Owen Abroad 

Another overdue omission. Owen Barder is an influential thinker from the Center for Global Development. Smart as they come, broad spectrum of topics, always timely. He has a huge following and with reason.

Poverty Matters – The Guardian

Along with DAWNS Digest, (and Humanosphere), a key source of news and commentary for those working or interested in global development.

Project Syndicate

Posts from global thought leaders like Jagdish Bhagwati, Jeffry Frankel, Kenneth Rogoff, Josesph Stiglitz, Joseph Nye, Dani Rodrik, Jeffrey Sachs, Andres Velasco, Bjorn Lomborg, Naomi Wolf, Christopher Hill, and Anne-Marie Slaughter. Need I say more? A must read.

Roving Bandit

Lee Crawfurd writes about economics, democracy, development, and Africa. He used to based in Southern Sudan. Today he’s at Oxford Policy Management. His voice is fresh, readable, and sometimes snarky, but always intelligent.

Shotgun Shack

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Although there are a bunch of bloggers here writing about everything from education to technology to impact investing to nonprofit management to social entrepreneurship, I pretty much follow this because Matt Forti from the Bridgespan Group posts there about measuring social impact.

Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like

The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations – Harvard

The Wine Economist

Wait… What?



Wronging Rights

No Longer Active Blogs with Good Archived Posts

Aid Watch

Barefoot Economics

Tales From the Hood

The Discomfort Zone

Website to Visit

Agros International

Don Mirra Photography

Gapminder (from Hans Rosling)

Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship

Mennonite Central Committee

Practically Green

World Concern

World Vision International


2 Comments on “Blogroll”

  1. November 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Fantastic Blogroll. thanks for pulling together all of these great resources.


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