The New Who's Who of International Development Blogging: A Reposted Blog Post

For those of you on top of what's happening out there in the Aid Blogosphere (and for those who have no idea what I'm talking about), here's a post I just read that includes a run down on new and existing worthwhile authors.

CAIDC has posted the contents here to make skimming easier.

Here's the attribution info: The New Who's Who of International Development Blogging on the blog "Staying for Tea" authored and owned by Aaron O. Ausland, written June 27, 2012 and found at:


The New Who’s Who of International Development Blogging

Posted on June 27, 2012


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The Updated Blogroll

Blogging in the field…of international development

I realized the other day that I hadn’t updated my blogroll in about a year and a half. A lot has changed since then. Bill Easterly closed down the Aid Watch blog and is now blogging at NYU’s Development Research Institute; Tales from the Hood went off the air and locked many of his posts up under password protection (still has an active FB page though); others simply stopped blogging. I also starting following bloggers and sites, both new and old, that I hadn’t previously. Some of these are quite noteworthy, like Project Syndicate, Dave Algoso’s Find What Works, Duncan Green’s From Poverty to Power, and Ian Thorpe’s KM on a Dollar a Day. Take a look at the updated blogroll and find out who I think is worth following on matters related to international development. If you think I’ve grossly neglected a worthy blog or site, please let me know in the comments section. I’m always open to discovering new voices. Below is the list of new additions to my blogroll with this update.

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.

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.

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.

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

Along with DAWNS Digest, 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.

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.