• Australia is terrible at influencing its aid recipients, according to a massive survey conducted by AidData. Dramatic aid cuts have probably not helped.
  • Aid investments in governance have been a flagship of Australia’s in the 21st century. Sina Odugbemi from the World Bank asks if the governance agenda has lost its mojo.
  • In a story that will strike close to home for Australia, Rachael Calleja takes a look  at Canada’s 2013 merger of its aid program and foreign ministry and the impact it has had on Canadian aid effectiveness.
  • Is NGO fundraising a zero sum game? Perhaps in Australia. Here are three recent blog posts that discuss (h/t Devpolicy).
  • Duncan Green takes a look at new research into the impact of drugs on development.
  • For a healthy dose of positivity, in 1800 there was no country in the world with a life expectancy over 40 (h/t Duncan Green).
  • Ezra Klein, founder of Vox.com and Wonkblog, went to the World Bank to tell them when and how to popularise research. The full video of the discussion is below, and here is Chris Blattman’s take.