Better-organized notes on Easterly paper
- I've created a more thorough writeup on the Easterly paper ("Can the West Save Africa?")'s answers to our general aid questions - organized by question, with refs to specific quotes.I've also integrated the bottom lines from this into our wiki on general Q's on aid, which will hopefully serve as the working compilation of where we stand on each Q.Feedback both on the specific notes and on the way we're organizing stuff is appreciated. The goal is not yet to have a "user-friendly" website, but more to have everything well-organized so we can fairly easily see what we know about a question and where we got it, and drill down without too much trouble.
- I like your summary, and you've gotten to the core of at least some
key questions, albeit with answers from only one source. Yes, it
seems Easterly is in turn referencing other sources, but we don't know
if he has a balanced presentation or is trying to sell a particular
viewpoint. (I'm guessing his presentation is reasonable, but I
haven't dug deep enough to know.) So obviously, some further sources
would be helpful.
Organizationally, I assume the current document is a bit transitory
(and you will eventually mold things into a better form somewhere,
presumably on the main site). My big thing for dense information like
this is hierarchy and navigation. The level of summary you've
presented in the first part feels about right. But there needs to be
an easy way to call up the more detailed information presented in the
footnotes, then, preferably, navigate back to the part of the summary
you were on.
Hyperlinks to footnotes are a first step, and fairly easy to
implement. But they're often a bit imprecise on the return trip (back
to the original). Depending on what software you end up using, there
may be other/better alternatives - that allow easy expansion of
collapsed "detail" sections, or sidebars with more detail, or maybe
some kind of framed solution - I'm not really sure.
Frankly, I can't think of any great examples on the web that do this
super well (allow easy flipping between condensed summaries and
detailed explanations). Perhaps you can find one, or another reader
of this group knows of one...