Bad beer; Cancun Climate; aid competition v cartels; microfinance meltdown; your weekly fix of Hans Rosling: links I liked

admin - December 6, 2010

Some great investigative research by Action Aid on corporate tax avoidance in Africa, in this case by beer giant SABMiller Handy summary c/o the Guardian’s John Vidal of the first week’s progress (or lack of it) at the Climate Change summit in Cancun (or if you prefer, the photo version) My best idea for getting climate change talks on track? Move them from December (freezing cold …

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So will Cancun deliver? Watch this space.

admin - December 3, 2010

Robert Bailey is the Head of Economic Justice Policy at Oxfam. With the Cancun climate negotiations kicking off this week, and anticipating a flood of articles questioning the process, I was going to write a post in defence of the UNFCCC. However, it looks like lots of other people had the same idea. So I’ll probably hang on to mine until the close of the …

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Development debates in interesting times – is the Washington consensus on the way out or are free market solutions creeping back in?

admin - December 1, 2010

Kirsty Hughes is the Head of  Oxfam’s Advocacy and Policy Team. Two years ago, as Lehman’s collapsed, the world economy fell into recession and the G20 surfaced as a prime ministerial-level outfit to stem the chaos, it looked as if one positive outcome, at least for the optimist, would be the end of the “Washington consensus” and the start of a more sensible approach to …

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Climate Change links I liked: Adaptation – the Economist, the Guardian and some good news from Burkina Faso and Kenya; Indian environmentalism; extreme LDC weather; a tribunal in Bangladesh; and an Advisory Group that doesn't advise,

admin - November 29, 2010

A random round-up of climate change links to coincide with this week’s UN gabfest in Cancún An excellent overview on climate change adaptation from The Economist. Favourite quote? ‘The best starting point for adaptation is to be rich’. “The environmental issue in India has been seen to be largely an upper-middle class elitist issue. I believe that a larger number of Indians are actually concerned …

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So where, in the eyes of the G20, is development really going?

admin - November 26, 2010

Jasmine Burnley is Global Economic Crisis Adviser for Oxfam and has taken up the baton for this post in Duncan’s absence… Six short months ago, pundits didn’t hold out significant hope that the G20 would seriously tackle development. But the Korean government – hosts of the G20’s most recent bash in Seoul earlier this month – worked hard to push the issue high up the …

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Moslem countries are doing best at reducing hunger – why? What would a 'Mecca Consensus' on human development look like?

admin - November 24, 2010

A few weeks ago, Dani Rodrik pointed out that while East Asia has topped the charts in recent decades on growth and poverty reduction, many of the best performing countries on human development are majority moslem, scattered across the Middle East and North Africa. I’ve just been reading IFPRI’s Global Hunger Index 2010, and the same pattern emerges. Here’s the graph of best and worst …

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Do we complain too much?

admin - November 23, 2010

Rob Bailey is a senior Oxfam policy adviser on food issues. Last week on his blog, Dani Rodrik took issue with Oxfam and the World Bank for not being balanced in communications about food prices. When they’re low, we complain. When they’re high (like they were in 2008, and may soon be again we complain. On the face of it, Dani (and Johan Swinnen, on …

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Accidental aid; Rodrik v Oxfam on food prices; Chinese obesity; disability and development; gender and the plough; British happiness and cartoon US-Chinese currency rap battles: links I liked

admin - November 22, 2010

OK, I know I’m supposed to be taking a break, but I’m still reading stuff, so here’s this week’s round-up of links I liked, best wishes Duncan The accidental invention of foreign aid  Does Oxfam always complain about the downside, whether food prices are high or low and if so, is that a problem? Thought-provoking exchange between Dani Rodrik and Oxfam’s Rob Bailey (and kudos …

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Twelve months to secure a Robin Hood Tax?

admin - November 19, 2010

Max Lawson, Senior Policy Adviser at Oxfam, looks forward to an important year for taxing the financial sector. With the French now in charge of the G20, all eyes are on President Sarkozy to see whether he will press for a Robin Hood Tax on the financial sector to fund development and tackling climate change. Meanwhile a series new of reports underline the possibility of …

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I'm taking a blog break, but some new talent is arriving….

admin - November 17, 2010

The idea of stopping blogging fills me with a disturbing mix of reluctance, relief and alarm at the impending withdrawal symptoms, but I have no choice. It’s getting on for two and a half years since I started this blog, and I’m taking a break, probably til the end of the year. The reason, as always, is workload – I’m writing a report for Oxfam International’s …

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