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A Constitutional Moment: Oil2Cash in the Arab World

It is thrilling to watch the overthrow of despots and dynasties as people power erupts across the Arab world. But the headiness of the moment can only lead to durable political change and meaningful economic progress if the new governments that emerge find a better way to handle oil revenue and other easy money (rents, in econo-speak) that have corrupted the outgoing regimes.

Who’s Next? Who’s Still Standing? Africa’s 20-Year+ Club

Lots of speculation about which long-time autocrat might be toppled next and why [Zimbabwe, Cameroon, etc.] is not like [Egypt, Tunisia, etc.].  Our colleague Nic van de Walle has a terrific suggestion that 12 years is a sensible term limit for any leader.  In Africa, even with Ben Ali and Mubarak gone, there are still plenty who have been in power more than 20 years.  Here’s the list of who’s still standing (at least as of this morning):

Development Policy of the Future… And Why We Aren’t Ready

This post originally appeared on devpolicy.org and devex and is based loosely on a February 10th talk at the Development Policy Center at Australian National University’s Crawford School and a March 1st speech at The International Development Research Centre in Ottawa..

The maxim that armies are always fighting the last war might just as aptly apply to development agencies: they are too often tackling yesterday’s problems with an outdated set of tools. If our development policies and agencies are to serve our interests, then we need them to both live in the present and prepare for the future. So, what then might development policy look like, say, a decade from now? What should we be thinking about now to get ready? Here are three big trends I think will be shaping the development future: