Pablo Yanguas

Political Analysis & Aid Effectiveness

Category: Pop culture (page 1 of 3)

Is foreign aid more like Batman or Catwoman?

Recently I have been renewing my fondness for the DC Comics universe, with such pop culture mainstays like Superman or Batman. There is some excitement among online nerds for upcoming films like Batman v. Superman or Suicide Squad, but DC and Warner Bros. have also been good at stimulating my reptilian brain with addictive free-to-play games like Injustice (mobile) and DC Universe Online (pc), or with the solid storytelling of the the Arkham series. It turns out that making super-powered metahumans kick the crap out of each other is the perfect corrective to a day’s work reading and writing about foreign aid and political science. As usual, however, when I am in writing mode my mind makes strange leaps to justify a connection between work and fun. Here’s the latest one: I will argue – in a totally unscientific manner – that the international development community can reflect on its own potential and shortcomings through the lens of super-powered humans. Let me tell you how it works. Continue reading

“Chewie, we’re home”

32 years later…

Let me tell you about my boat

Who wouldn’t want to conduct field research from aboard the Belafonte…

Gilrs can play Dungeons & Dragons too

Via BoingBoing.

Public sector reform, Asterix style

Boardgames

More info: Shut Up & Sit Down.

Enter Doctor Development!

There’s a new hero in the Global South. He hails from the Global North, he’s been trained in the best development studies programs, and the goodness of his intentions is only matched by the sloppiness of his actions: meet Doctor Development! (not a doctor doctor, you know, but he insists people use his title). Continue reading

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