Year: 2010

Everything's amazing and nobody's happy; the coolest thing ever; Christmas and Darth Vader in the canteen: signing off for Christmas with some youtube uplift

Back from my (semi) blog break just in time to say thanks and goodbye to the guest bloggers (what did you think of them? Do you want more guest posts in the future?) and sign off for Christmas/New Year with a few youtubes – please add your own favourites Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy [h/t…

By admin December 22, 2010 2

What does wikileaks say on Fragile States? Don't rely on climate science. Where's the energy revolution? 1931's predictions for 2011. Digital nativity: links I liked

Can’t keep up with the wikitorrent? As time goes on, people are going to start processing the leaks and pulling them together into different overall analyses. Here’s a good example from Foreign Policy magazine – what do the wikileaks cables tell us about failed and fragile states like Sudan, Somalia or Zimbabwe? Fascinating. A damning…

By admin December 20, 2010 0

De-Development in Gaza

Kirsty Hughes is Head of Oxfam GB Advocacy and Policy Team In a week when US efforts to promote peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians have collapsed, an optimistic way ahead to a political deal looks hard to see. But visiting the Occupied Palestinian Territories in November, including two days in Gaza, underlined for me…

By admin December 14, 2010 1

Migration and disability as development issues; Mogadishu's first tourist; Latin American attitudes; the Hans Rosling show; climate change makes you cry: links I liked

Two cinderella issues in development: Owen Barder tells it like it is (or should be) on migration. But he probably wasn’t thinking of Somalia’s first tourist [h/t wronging rights]).  More on disability, this time from the UN: ‘Over 650 million people in the world have a disability; they make up approximately 10% of the world’s…

By admin December 13, 2010 3

When energy comes to a Senegalese village, do people get more healthy, wealthy and wise?

John Magrath is an Oxfam researcher currently working on renewable energy Hats off to Sarah Best for her recent post on energy and in particular, for highlighting the excellent new Practical Action report, Poor People’s Energy Outlook 2010. I’ve been delving into energy issues too lately. I’ve just come back from Senegal, where I was trying…

By admin December 10, 2010 2

The new World Health Report: Universal health care is possible!

Anna Marriott is Health Policy Advisor for the Development Finance and Public Services Team at Oxfam. The international health community had been long-awaiting last week’s launch in Berlin of the 2010 World Health Report. Its theme was how to finance health care to achieve universal coverage. Oxfam and others began with a stunt in front of…

By admin December 8, 2010 3