Month: September 2009

What happened at the Pittsburgh G20?

I didn’t attend the G20 summit in Pittsburgh last week, but I’ve been poring over the communiqué. Here are some initial thoughts on what it all means (numbers in square brackets refer to paragraphs in the original), incorporating analysis and intel from the Oxfam team at the event. Headline: Pittsburgh formally enshrined the rise of…

By admin September 29, 2009 3

G20 curtain raisers; Will China integrate Africa?; using humour for healthcare reform; Congress and New York Post v climate change: links I liked

A handy websearch of G20 curtain-raisers from Michael Harvey at Global Dashboard .  ‘While 82% of the IMF’s newly loaned resources have gone to European area countries, just 1.6% have gone to countries in Africa.’ Ngaire Woods analyses the development response to the global meltdown since the April G20 summit in a paper for the…

By admin September 25, 2009 3

All the latest stats on the global crisis and its development impact

In time for the G20 summit later this week, my indefatigable colleague Richard King has revised and updated his invaluable synthesis of the key data on the global economic crisis and its development impact. Here goes: Unemployment (ILO)  Gender impact of the economic crisis in terms of unemployment rates is expected to be more detrimental…

By admin September 24, 2009 1

What’s happening in Brazil? Round up from a quick visit

I spent last week racing round Brazil launching the Portuguese-language edition of From Poverty to Power (Da Pobreza ao Poder, the publishers are looking for distributors in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique – any suggestions?). Here are a few impressions: A year after the Lehman’s collapse hit the global panic buttons, there’s a striking level of…

By admin September 22, 2009 1

China rising; a dirty development mechanism; this week's G20 summit; the Indian drought and why climate change will ruin your beer: links I liked

‘China has emerged as the most significant winner from the global financial and economic crisis’. Martin Wolf feels the geopolitical plates shifting in the FT Alex Evans lays into the Clean Development Mechanism and provides a handy curtain raiser for the G20 summit in Pittsburgh later this week The Economist charts the impact of climate change…

By admin September 21, 2009 0

The UN lays into finance, speculation and the IMF: UNCTAD's Trade and Development Report 2009

Another day, another UN report, this time the Trade and Development Report 2009, from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), released last week. It’s surprisingly forthright. Set up in 1964, in the table-thumping days of the New International Economic Order, in recent years UNCTAD had become markedly more cautious, not least under its current…

By admin September 17, 2009 2