Episode 44: The Data Revolution
Everyone seems to be talking about the data revolution these days. In this episode of Development Drums, I speak with two people who have thought more about what it is, how to make it happen, and what it means for development than just about anyone...
Episode 43: Complexity
In this episode of Development Drums, I speak with Ben Ramalingam and Stefan Dercon about whether complexity and systems thinking offers actionable insights for better development interventions.
Episode 42: The Idealist (Nina Munk on Jeff Sachs)
Nina Munk’s latest book, The Idealist, is about Jeffrey Sachs and the Millennium Villages Project. It is also a book about the efforts that people in industrialised countries make to help poor people. It is a book about vision, passion and hubris. In...
Episode 40: Why Nations Fail
Daron Acemoğlu and James Robinson talk about their best-selling book, Why Nations Fail.
Episode 36: Accountability and Openness
Rakesh Rajani and Martin Tisn discuss accountability and openness.
Episode 35: Migration and Development
Michael Clemens from the Center for Global Development talks about the relationship between migration and development.
Episode 34: The Economics Of Enough
In this episode, Owen talks with author and economist Diane Coyle about her latest book ‘The Economics Of Enough, How To Run The Economy As If The Future Matters’. In the first section, Diane shares her thoughts on economic growth as a satisfactory...
Episode 33: Complexity and Development
This is a special edition of Development Drums. Instead of interviewing a guest, as normal, we bring you a presentation on Complexity and Development by Owen Barder. This is the audio-only version of an online presentation with slides, which is...
Episode 32: Gender and Development
Andrea Cornwall of the Institute of Development Studies and Prue Clarke of New Narrative discuss gender and development.
Episode 31: David Roodman on Microfinance
Center for Global Development Senior Fellow David Roodman talks about his latest book ‘Due Diligence, An Impertinent Inquiry intoMicrofinance’. David discusses the evidence surrounding the effects of microfinance on the lives of the world’s poor and...
Episode 29: Toby Ord on Giving What We Can
Toby Ord is a moral philosopher atBalliol College,Oxfordand thepresident ofGiving What We Can,an international society dedicated to eliminatingpoverty in the developing world. In this interview, Toby firstly talks aboutconsequentialismand the...
Episode 28: Tim Harford on Adapt (why success always begins with...
Tim Harford is a journalist at theFinancial Timesand the author ofThe Undercover Economistand, most recently, ofAdapt: Why Success Always Begins with Failure. In this interview, Tim talks about the implications for development of his idea that...
Episode 27: Tony Blair
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair talks about his Africa Governance Initiative, about globalization, development, democracy and governance in Africa, leadership, the role of the Department for International Development, and his own future.
Episode 26: China in Africa
Professor Deborah Brutigam discusses her book,The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa about China Africa relations. Professor Brutigamblogs atchinaafricarealstory.com. Running time 1 hour 1 minute; size: 29.6 Mb. Download transcript (pdf)
Episode 25: Global development challenges
Malini Mehra from the Center for Social Markets and Alex Evans from the Center on International Cooperation at NYU discuss ten big global challenges for development.
Episode 24: The New Bottom Billion
Andy Sumner (IDS) and Claire Melamed (ODI) discuss the implications of Andy's paper, Global Poverty and The New Bottom Billion.
Episode 23: Famine and Foreigners
Peter Gill talks on Development Drums about his new book, Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid.
Episode 22: Enough – Hunger in an Age of Plenty
Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman talk about their book Enough: Why The World’s Poorest Starve In An Age of Plenty. Download transcript (pdf)
Episode 21: Randomized Evaluation
In this edition of Development drums, Owen talks to Rachel Glennerster, Director of the Poverty Action Lab, about rigorous evaluation of development programmes. Rachel explains how rigorous evaluation techniques can give important insights into the...
Episode 20: Corruption
Daniel Kaufmann and Mushtaq Khan debate the role and importance of tackling corruption as part of a development strategy. Download transcript (pdf)
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