November 2010

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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How can the global system manage scarcity?

admin - November 16, 2010

Alex Evans is on a bit of a roll at the moment, with an excellent new paper on ‘Globalization and Scarcity: Multilateralism for a World with Limits’. It’s a great summary of the problems created by the threat of scarcity of food, land, water, energy, and ‘airspace’ (for greenhouse gas emissions). He confines his solutions to the implications for the multilateral system, rather than equally …

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World diets; moslem tigers; British aid policy; untranslatable words; good and bad biofuels; fractals and finance; shooting poverty: links I liked

admin - November 15, 2010

How many people can the world support? Depends on their diet, says Lester Brown Dani Rodrik discusses why, when it comes to human development, the top ten performers are not dominated by the East Asian tigers, but my majority moslem countries, and not all of them big oil exporters. The Guardian’s Madeline Bunting thinks British aid policy makes no sense Iktsuarpok (Inuit) – “To go …

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Global price chaos – is another food crisis on the way?

admin - November 12, 2010

Today in the FT: “Sugar prices suffered their biggest one-day sell-off in 30 years on Thursday, tumbling by as much as 11 per cent after speculators pulled out from the market in the wake of dizzying gains. The sell-off, which came just hours after the sweetener hit a 30-year high, started after the European Commission granted further export licences for the commodity, a move widely …

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