This week on Last Week Today, we are talking Tony Blair and doing development differently. Plus, we have an opportunity to join our team.
With two years left, it is highly unlikely that Millennium Development Goal 5a will be met worldwide. In our second post this week on the MDGs, Mike Miesen weighs in with some simple solutions.
This week we present three posts around the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). There are eight MDGs that need to be met by 2015. Given the unlikely even that all will be met, Scott Weathers suggests we condense the MDGs into something simpler.
In her third post on literacy and development, Alex Grey examines some of the issues associated with using literacy rates as a measurement to inform development policy, and shows how problematic approaches to monitoring literacy can lead to problems on the ground.
Literacy is not a set of skills independently learned regardless of social and cultural context, nor is it simply synonymous with schooling. In part 1 of a three-part series, Alex Grey argues that unless ethnographic understandings inform literacy campaigns and other development projects, they are likely to be less successful or, worse, perpetuate development as a form of power and...