Month: July 2009

Obama in Africa; Easterly v Collier; Justin Lin on the joy of small banks and a Fox News journo bottles it on Rupert Murdoch: links I liked (and see you in two weeks)

Before I head off for two blog-free weeks in Italy, here is some final reading material. In Ghana on his first presidential visit to Sub-Saharan Africa, Barrack Obama hands out some tough love – colonial legacies are no longer an excuse for corruption. Chris Blattman analyses the speech para by para (and gives it an…

By admin July 17, 2009 1

The Pope's New Broadside on Globalization, the Crisis and Everything

One of the more unusual curtain raiser documents for the G8 summit last week was ‘Caritas in Veritate’ (Charity in Truth), the latest encyclical from Pope Benedict XVI. NGOs and development wonks tend to ignore these kinds of documents, but research shows that churches matter far more in the lives of poor people than NGOs…

By admin July 14, 2009 2

Bamboo bikes; dodgy banks; social housing; bankslaughter; Brown goes green; France in Africa; why missionaries are better than aid workers and a spectacular marketing disaster from Nigeria: links I liked

Ditch your Prius: the latest must have greener than thou accessory is ….. a bamboo bike from Zambia ‘ ‘Already, the panic of the autumn of 2008 is fading. The period within which lessons can be learnt and changes made is closing. Yet without radical changes, another crisis is certain. It may not even be that…

By admin July 10, 2009 4

Latest Growth Projections for Developing Countries: Asia doing better, everywhere else worse

The IMF has just revised April’s World Economic Outlook growth projections for 2009 and 2010 (see table). Here’s the summary on developing countries: ‘Emerging and developing economies are projected to regain growth momentum during the second half of 2009, albeit with notable regional differences. Low-income countries are facing important challenges of their own because official…

By admin July 9, 2009 0