Monthly Archives: October 2013

Guatemalan stories ripped from the Onion or the Business Press?

Mike Allison of the Central American Politics blog has some great commentary on two stories that appeared in the news today. Guatemala among top global reformers in World Bank’s Doing Business report Leader Of The Year: Otto Perez Molina, President … Continue reading

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To Salvadoran Army: Please stop paying tribute to war criminals

El Faro has a long piece on the Salvadoran Army’s continued reverence of war criminal Lt. Coronel Domingo Monterrosa. Two years ago, President Funes publicly apologized for the state’s role in the massacre at El Mozote (where over 800 civilians, … Continue reading

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What if we just give people money? Results from long-awaited study on GiveDirectly’s unconditional cash transfers

There has been a lot of debate in the development community over the past few months over the effectiveness of Unconditional Cash Transfers (UCTs), i.e. just giving people money, no strings attached. Over the summer, the debate went mainstream with … Continue reading

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Why are politics absent from so many development plans?

Duncan Green’s From Poverty to Power blog has a post today about the lack of politics involved in climate change policy in Africa. Matthew Lockwood, who has expressed frustration about the apolitical thinking in development work and specifically in the … Continue reading

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Guatemalan Constitutional Court supports amnesty for Rios Montt

After Rios Montt’s May, 2013 conviction for genocide committed against the Ixil Indians in 1982-83, it looked like Guatemala had become the first country in the world to try and convict a former head of state for crimes committed while … Continue reading

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Guatemala: most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist

Belonging to a trade union in Guatemala has been hazardous since the 1954 coup when they were virtually outlawed, but violence against Unionists has picked up in the past five years. According to this article in the Tico Times, over … Continue reading

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Water Alternatives Special Issue review (boring for non-practitioners)

I just wanted to warn the average person that this review might not be all that fascinating for people not involved in development and water, but I’ll do my best. Water Alternatives June 2013 issue is titled ¨Voices of Water Professionals: … Continue reading

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