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Development Drums

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A podcast about development

Latest Episodes

Episode 47: Todd Moss – The Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

Bestselling author Todd Moss is a former senior State Department official who led America’s response to coups and crises in West Africa. He is also my colleague at the Center for Global Development, where he is a Senior Fellow and Chief Operating Officer.

55 MIN2015 SEP 17
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Episode 47: Todd Moss – The Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

Episode 46: Morten Jerven

Morten Jerven explains why we know less than we should about what is happening in African economies, and why this is leading economists to the wrong recommendations. His first book, Poor Numbers: How We are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About It explained the problems with Africa's economic data; an his new book, Africa: Why Economists Get it Wrong sets out how this lack of nuanced understanding of the data has led to flawed analysis and recommendations. "The bottom line", he says, "is that there is no bottom billion".

68 MIN2015 JUN 8
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Episode 46: Morten Jerven

Episode 45: Mind, Society and Behaviour (Varun Gauri)

Behavioural economics is hot. In this edition of Development Drums, I talk to Varun Gauri, Senior Economist with the Development Research Group of the World Bank and Co-Director of the World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior. Varun explains the principles of behavioural economics, and discusses how they apply to development economics. He also discusses how these biases also affect development agencies and their staff, and the implications of behavioural economics for development agencies themselves.

75 MIN2015 MAY 4
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Episode 45: Mind, Society and Behaviour (Varun Gauri)

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 else.

45 MIN2014 SEP 15
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Episode 44: The Data Revolution

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.

75 MIN2014 JUL 24
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Episode 43: Complexity

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 this episode of Development Drums, Nina Munk tells the story of how she came to write the book, and what she learned about Jeff Sachs, and about development aid, as she did so.

57 MIN2014 MAR 11
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Episode 42: The Idealist (Nina Munk on Jeff Sachs)

Episode 41: The Great Escape (Angus Deaton)

EProfessor Angus Deaton talks about his book, The Great Escape, which brings together his research into health, well-being, and economic development. The podcast includes a discussion in the second half of Professor Deaton's criticisms of the aid industry.

71 MIN2013 DEC 22
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Episode 41: The Great Escape (Angus Deaton)

Episode 40: Why Nations Fail

In Why Nations Fail, Acemoğlu & Robinson argue that institutions matter for development and prosperity. Economic institutions can be broadly inclusive, leading to sustained economic prosperity, or extractive, enriching elites but doing little for the majority of the population. So far, that is not very new or exciting. A lot of development thinking has focused on institutions for at least 20 years, following the disappointing results of the Washington Consensus. In this book Acemoğlu & Robinson make the key point that these institutions which block development come about and persist because they benefit powerful elites. Too often we act as if institutions block development because the leaders of those countries don't know how to make them better: Acemoğlu & Robinson say that they generally persist because the leaders of those countries don't want to make them better. As Acemoğlu says in the podcast, "Getting institutions right is not an engineering problem, it is a political pro...

70 MIN2013 MAY 5
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Episode 40: Why Nations Fail

Episode 39: Bob Geldof (full version)

EFull interview with Bob Geldof, talking about investing in Africa, Band Aid, Live Aid and the Gleneagles Summit.

72 MIN2013 MAR 23
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Episode 39: Bob Geldof (full version)

Episode 38: Bob Geldof (edited)

EShorter version of interview with Bob Geldof, in which he talks about investing in Africa, Band Aid, Live Aid and the Gleneagles Summit.

36 MIN2013 MAR 23
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Episode 38: Bob Geldof (edited)

Latest Episodes

Episode 47: Todd Moss – The Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

Bestselling author Todd Moss is a former senior State Department official who led America’s response to coups and crises in West Africa. He is also my colleague at the Center for Global Development, where he is a Senior Fellow and Chief Operating Officer.

55 MIN2015 SEP 17
Comments
Episode 47: Todd Moss – The Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

Episode 46: Morten Jerven

Morten Jerven explains why we know less than we should about what is happening in African economies, and why this is leading economists to the wrong recommendations. His first book, Poor Numbers: How We are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About It explained the problems with Africa's economic data; an his new book, Africa: Why Economists Get it Wrong sets out how this lack of nuanced understanding of the data has led to flawed analysis and recommendations. "The bottom line", he says, "is that there is no bottom billion".

68 MIN2015 JUN 8
Comments
Episode 46: Morten Jerven

Episode 45: Mind, Society and Behaviour (Varun Gauri)

Behavioural economics is hot. In this edition of Development Drums, I talk to Varun Gauri, Senior Economist with the Development Research Group of the World Bank and Co-Director of the World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior. Varun explains the principles of behavioural economics, and discusses how they apply to development economics. He also discusses how these biases also affect development agencies and their staff, and the implications of behavioural economics for development agencies themselves.

75 MIN2015 MAY 4
Comments
Episode 45: Mind, Society and Behaviour (Varun Gauri)

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 else.

45 MIN2014 SEP 15
Comments
Episode 44: The Data Revolution

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.

75 MIN2014 JUL 24
Comments
Episode 43: Complexity

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 this episode of Development Drums, Nina Munk tells the story of how she came to write the book, and what she learned about Jeff Sachs, and about development aid, as she did so.

57 MIN2014 MAR 11
Comments
Episode 42: The Idealist (Nina Munk on Jeff Sachs)

Episode 41: The Great Escape (Angus Deaton)

EProfessor Angus Deaton talks about his book, The Great Escape, which brings together his research into health, well-being, and economic development. The podcast includes a discussion in the second half of Professor Deaton's criticisms of the aid industry.

71 MIN2013 DEC 22
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Episode 41: The Great Escape (Angus Deaton)

Episode 40: Why Nations Fail

In Why Nations Fail, Acemoğlu & Robinson argue that institutions matter for development and prosperity. Economic institutions can be broadly inclusive, leading to sustained economic prosperity, or extractive, enriching elites but doing little for the majority of the population. So far, that is not very new or exciting. A lot of development thinking has focused on institutions for at least 20 years, following the disappointing results of the Washington Consensus. In this book Acemoğlu & Robinson make the key point that these institutions which block development come about and persist because they benefit powerful elites. Too often we act as if institutions block development because the leaders of those countries don't know how to make them better: Acemoğlu & Robinson say that they generally persist because the leaders of those countries don't want to make them better. As Acemoğlu says in the podcast, "Getting institutions right is not an engineering problem, it is a political pro...

70 MIN2013 MAY 5
Comments
Episode 40: Why Nations Fail

Episode 39: Bob Geldof (full version)

EFull interview with Bob Geldof, talking about investing in Africa, Band Aid, Live Aid and the Gleneagles Summit.

72 MIN2013 MAR 23
Comments
Episode 39: Bob Geldof (full version)

Episode 38: Bob Geldof (edited)

EShorter version of interview with Bob Geldof, in which he talks about investing in Africa, Band Aid, Live Aid and the Gleneagles Summit.

36 MIN2013 MAR 23
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Episode 38: Bob Geldof (edited)
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