Is #globaldev optimism over big data based more on hype than value?

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By Mario Villamor

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So how was your first day? ActionAid UK's new CEO talks transition

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After more than 10 years at WaterAid, Girish Menon embarks on a new journey this week, having assumed his new role as chief executive of ActionAid U.K. How did he manage his transition and what advice did he receive from peers and the INGO’s chair of the board of trustees?

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Technology for development: Skiing on a grass slope?

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New technology can help increase aid efficiency, but only if the development sector is willing to embrace some fundamental reforms to long-standing structure and approaches, says mPower co-founder Rubayat Khan.

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