Emerging v Developed Countries: high speed history

admin - August 10, 2011

This week’s Economist has a striking update on the historically breakneck shift in the global balance of economic power towards the ‘emerging economies’. It uses the IMF’s pre-1997 categories of developed and developing (now rebranded ‘emerging’) to avoid the confusion caused by the upgrading of countries to developed status as they get richer. “The combined output of the developing economies accounted for 38% of world …

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How are China, Saudi Arabia and other non-traditional donors doing on aid?

admin - August 10, 2011

Traditional aid donors share information and work together in the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD, known as the DAC. But what about non-DAC countries? Development Initiatives has a typically useful update on non-usual suspect aid donors like the Arab countries (led by Saudi Arabia) and rising powers like the BRICs, whose growing international clout is bringing in its wake an increased role in the …

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Wealth v democracy; population growth; British wellbeing; what does a trillion dollars look like?; Latin inequality; the God Species and The Boy Effect: Links I liked

admin - August 9, 2011

Can you get rich if you’re not a democracy? Asks Dani Rodrik. Answer (with scatter plots) – not usually, but there’s always Singapore. Which, as usual, means that the big questions involve China…… This month’s Guardian development podcast is on population growth, with ODI’s Claire Melamed and Roger Martin of the Optimum Population Trust (who I previously criticized here) being far too polite to each other, …

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Famine and climate change – what's the link?

admin - August 8, 2011

An edited version of this post was published on the Guardian development site today So is famine in the Horn of Africa linked to climate change or not? The same question arises whenever ‘extreme weather events’ – hurricanes, floods or droughts – hit the TV screens, and it is impossible to answer with a simple yes/no, but here’s what we think we know so far …

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Introducing Growbag, a round up of new research on food, farming and climate by guest blogger Richard King

admin - August 5, 2011

I can’t keep up with the flood of research on the issues related to the GROW campaign, so my ever-hungry colleague Richard King is riding to the rescue…… This occasional ‘blog series is a nutritionally dense (but non-exhaustive) collection of links, highlighting major recent publications and miscellaneous happenings that are relevant to Oxfam’s GROW campaign. Like any growbag, this series requires planting and watering (to …

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Ending Hunger Now – what's missing from Josette Sheeran's talk?

admin - August 4, 2011

Inspiring TED talk by World Food Program boss Josette Sheeran. Besides the general moral outrage and can-do optimism she conveys, I like the focus on local sourcing, investing in small farmers, school meals, breast feeding and supporting food banks as a form of local food reserve. But some culprits get off very lightly. Nationally, what about governments that either use hunger as a political tactic or …

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The Policy Funnel – a way to sharpen up our advocacy?

admin - August 3, 2011

We had an interesting blue sky session last week on the nature of campaigning, and looked at the ‘Policy Funnel’, an idea developed by Nick Mabey and Anita Neville at E3G. The funnel tries to capture the dynamics of public  policy formulation, whereby a generalised public concern turns into a debate, then particular policy proposals and finally a specific text or other kind of agreement. …

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Will the 2012 Earth Summit be a flop? Guest post from Sarah Best

admin - August 2, 2011

    You’re Invited!   20th Anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit 4-6 June, 2012, Rio de Janeiro Gift list: to be determined   You’d be forgiven for not clocking that that there’s a major UN sustainable development conference on the horizon.  In less than a year, governments will convene in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, 20 years on from the 1992 Rio ‘Earth Summit’.  …

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Horn thoughts; ploughs and patriarchy; what's in America's fridges?; Macmillan v South Sudan; fragile states just got richer; Mexican-US migration stops; Amnesty TV episode 1: links I liked

admin - August 1, 2011

Wise thoughts on famine and drought in the Horn of Africa from Owen Barder and the Wanderlust blog Ploughs = machismo; hoes = equal rights. The Economist goes into reductionist overdrive, arguing that attitudes to women’s rights are heavily determined by our agricultural past. You are what you eat – a slide show of  the contents of America’s refrigerators, and is that really a snake? …

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