Incentivizing Innovation in #Development
By Andrew Preston, Development Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington.
I’ve been getting into Twitter in the last couple of weeks. I know I’m only five years later than everyone else, but I’m loving the new insights and the quirkiness of it all. Two things were “trending” on my Twitter timeline recently that, seemingly unrelated, made me reflect on the incentives shaping donor effectiveness.
The Global Development Lab
First, USAID launched its Global Development Lab (#GlobalDevLab). This happened with much fanfare, including an event with Secretary Clinton (and a gazillion tweets!). There’s good coverage in Nature, the Guardian, Time, and DEVEX.
A HT (that’s ‘hat tip’ for Twitter newbies like me) to @RajShah for establishing this. Arguably, it represents the culmination of his vision and priorities over the last three years. It encapsulates his focus on science, evidence and innovation. It embodies his focus on “open source development,” encouraging USAID to engage with a much broader range of development actors, including universities, students, civil society organizations, the private sector, and other stakeholders across the world. The lab’s stated purpose is “to discover, test, and scale breakthrough development innovations to solve development challenges faster and cheaper in support of US foreign policy and development goals and to accelerate the transformation of USAID as the world’s premier development agency.”
A Jordanian’s Perspective on Nonproliferation
By Ala’ A. Alrababa’h, Middle East Next Generation Arms Control Network Fellow
During my undergraduate studies Dartmouth College, I took several classes related to issues of international security and nuclear weapons. This prompted me to think hard about my background. I realized that three of Jordan’s neighbors, namely Israel, Iraq, and Syria, possessed or continue to possess weapons of mass destruction. I’ve had conflicting views on such weapons ever since. On the one hand, I appreciated the argument for nuclear deterrence, particularly during the Cold War. On the other hand, I feared the possibility of use of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Chemical weapons were used in the region in the past, and, according to some reports, nuclear weapons were close to being used.
My uncertainty about those issues drove me to investigate them further. Thus, during the summer of 2012, I worked as a Davis Fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California. During my time there, Dr. Kane invited me to join the network. I welcomed the opportunity and participated in my first event with the network in July 2012. I have been a member since.
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The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCeL London will be the largest gathering ever brought together on this subject. Foreign Secretary William Hague will co-chair the summit with Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
All the governments that have endorsed the UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict will be invited, as will legal, military and judicial practitioners and representatives from multilateral organisations, NGOs and civil society.
The Summit aims to create irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and deliver practical action that impacts those on the ground. Read more about the aims of the Summit ›
Today is the 102nd anniversary of Titanic’s maiden voyage tragedy
On 14 April 1912 at 11.40pm the Titanic collided with an iceberg. The impact caused underwater damaged to the ships first six compartments, the first five flooding out of control.
Learn more at TitanicBelfast.com ›
The Lanes in Brighton are awash with vintage gear, antiques and jewellery, all brought together around a historic network of narrow city streets. Whether you’re shopping or just exploring, the area is full of character and plenty of independent cafes to unwind in.
HMS Illustrious, the Royal Navy’s high-readiness helicopter and commando carrier, has been taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior this week, operating off the coast of the UK. The picture shows Royal Marines from 40 Commando moving from the ship’s cavernous hangar up to the flight deck to be projected ashore via Sea King helicopters from 845 Naval Air Squadron and RAF Chinooks.
The exercise, which began on 25 March, engages more than 35 warships, 25 different types of aircraft, and personnel from the various participating nations, which include the UK, USA, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, France, Holland and Denmark.
Photo by Leading Airman Will Haigh, Crown copyright