Paul Collier and others, including Jim Crust, are now blogging. The site is new (like Social Enterprising) and so there's not much material on it yet, but it's still worth a visit.
Collier is the author of the 2007 bestselling book, The Bottom Billion. (Here's a review of the book by historian Niall Ferguson from the NYTimes.) There are parts of The Bottom Billion that I like quite a lot -- Collier's repackaging, in manageable form, of his important work on conflict and development -- and some things with which I disagree -- would another UN Charter provide meaningful incentives for governments to operate more openly and transparently? maybe, maybe not. And, there are some important issues I think he just does not address in this book, most noticeably to me: what role do on-the-ground entrepreneurs play in promoting development and positive institutional change? Nonetheless, it's an important book that stakes a middle ground between Jeffrey Sachs and William Easterly.
It's a welcome addition to have this new blog and to see what Collier and his colleagues are finding exciting in Africa and elsewhere.