On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, the UN gave to me,

Twelve jumbled re-writes, 

Eleven confused targets, 

Ten woolly commitments

Nine ill-formed panels, 

Eight NGOs grumbling,

Seven vague consultations

Six preening leaders, 

Five tuuuu-uuurf wars!

Four BRICs ignoring,

Three rambling summits

Two dozen speeches, 

And confusion on in-equal-ityyyyyy…..

(with thanks to Claire Melamed for the inspiration, and apologies in advance to just about everyone else….)

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About Ben Ramalingam

I am a researcher and writer specialising on international development and humanitarian issues. I am currently working on a number of consulting and advisory assignments for international agencies. I am also writing a book on complexity sciences and international aid which will be published by Oxford University Press. I hold Senior Research Associate and Visiting Fellow positions at the Institute of Development Studies, the Overseas Development Institute, and the London School of Economics.

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