ALINe Newsletter: February 2017

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ALINe newsletter: recommended reading, jobs, and consultancy opportunities
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Dear colleague,

Welcome to the first ALINe newsletter of 2017. We've compiled some interesting reading below, with a particular focus on gender, as well as some news from the sector and a selection of jobs and consultancy opportunities. We hope you enjoy it!

The ALINe team

Recommended reading

Measuring the gendered economy

The gendered economy focuses on measuring the full work of women - both at home and in the marketplace. The National Transfer Accounts Project is working on measuring this complete contribution of women in Ghana, Mexico, Senegal, the United States, and Vietnam, including linking it with demographic shifts and women's economic roles over time. Read more here.

Can all organisations learn?

This interesting discussion from Duncan Green highlights a range of factors that may determine whether - or how - an organisation can learn. Behind these factors, is power - determining what ideas in an organisation get traction. There's a good discussion in the comments, too. Read more here.

Rethinking Gender and Survey Design

Often, men can be the subjects of surveys due to the role they play in a household and the inequity in gender relations. Speaking to and engaging women can be tricky. Hussain Bux Mallah blogs about some techniques used to speak with female respondents. Read more here.

Visualising data

Effective data presentation and visualisation ensures that the right decisions can be made. However, there's no shortage of ways of visualising data. This FlowingData blogpost visualises the same dataset in 25 different ways, and provides three important consideratons when presenting data: ask the right questions, start with the basics, and focus on telling the story that matters. Read more here.

Exploring the potential for interactive radio for farmers

Farm Radio International have been exploring interactive radio - using SMS and IVR components - to engage farmers, and to deliver the most relevant and useful content. This report looks at the opportunities afforded by such tools. ALINe supported the team with some of the quantitative analysis. Read more here.

News and developments

DFID published its new Economic Development Strategy, and ODI’s Dirk Willem te Velde blogs about what’s missing in light of Brexit, climate change and inclusion. 

Ipsos MORI launched its Sustainable Development Research Centre at the start of February. The Centre will track progress towards the SDGs to make development cooperation more effective.

Bill and Melinda Gates published their Annual Letter. Framed as a response to Warren Buffett's donation in 2006, it highlights the Gates Foundation's progress and future priorities.

We were very sad to hear about the death of Hans Rosling. His passion, commitment and focus on evidence were an inspiration to the team. There's so many videos of his we could feature, but this four-minute overview of 200 years of development is a particular favourite.

Jobs and opportunities

We're looking to hire a consultant to train enumerators in Nigeria on using the Abbreviated-Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI) tool. The full duration of this assignment will be 5 days, and the training session is scheduled for week-commencing 3rd April 2017. To apply, please email with your CV and a short summary of your experience with the A-WEAI tool by Friday 24th February 2017. 

AfrEA - the African Evaluation Association - is hiring for an Executive Director based in Accra, Ghana. The job description for this role is available in both English and French, here

WorldFish is hiring for a Director General based in Penang, Malaysia. More information is available, here.

Digital Green is hiring for a Senior Program Manager- Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, based in Washington D.C. Apply here.
In 2012 the ALINe team joined the strategy consulting company Firetail Limited, complementing Firetail's work with a dedicated practice stream.
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Originally sent on 16 February 2017.