January lazy linking


Excuse me for being a bit slow….but I cannot shrug off the holiday feeling yet.  So to make up I provide you with links to some interesting articles in other blogs that I have read in the last few days:

Urbanisation,complexity and poverty – or why aid agencies should be reading Jane Jacobs

This is an excellent article about the famous Jane Jacobs and how she described cities as living ecosystems. The author describes several insights that development agencies should learn from Jane Jacobs and other complex systems authors.

The author of the “Aid on the edge of chaos“, Ben Ramalingam, is also the lead author of a fantastic paper  of a 2008 Overseas Development Institute working paper ‘Exploring the Science of Complexity: Ideas and Implications for International Development and Humanitarian Efforts’.  This is a publication worth reading!

By the way, you will see me post more on the topic of complexity, as my December reading list finally convinced me that traditional economics cannot provide the answers to the complex and adaptive economic system that we are part of.

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