road traffic accidents

Carnage on the roads v good news on malaria and guinea worm disease (and a brewing Opium War on Tobacco)

Duncan Green - January 27, 2014

This week’s Economist resembles a reader on some of development’s top Cinderella issues (which are becoming a bit of a thing on this blog), covering road traffic, ‘tropical diseases’ and tobacco. First up, the contrast between the falls in road deaths in rich countries (deaths there peaked in the 1970s), and rising carnage in the developing world. New WHO stats provide a graphic account – …

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What if we allocated aid $ based on how much damage something does, and whether we know how to fix it?

admin - March 7, 2013

I usually criticize development wonks who come up with yet another ‘if I ruled the world’ plan for reforming everything without thinking through the issues of politics, power and incentives that will determine which (if any) of their grand schemes gets adopted. But it’s been a hard week, and today I’m taking time out from the grind of political realism to rethink aid policy. Call …

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Are crazy drivers as big a development issue as malaria or tuberculosis? The case for a global road safety campaign

admin - November 9, 2011

This was clearly meant to be. A couple of weeks ago, I was blearily discussing road traffic accidents with a couple of colleagues as we headed in a taxi to get an early morning flight home from the post-2015 discussion in Cairo, when the car went into a horrendous screeching skid, avoiding the car in front by inches. Andy Sumner, in the passenger seat, said …

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