Month: 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,

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…

By admin November 29, 2010 2

Moslem countries are doing best at reducing hunger – why? What would a 'Mecca Consensus' on human development look like?

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…

By admin November 24, 2010 7

Do we complain too much?

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.…

By admin November 23, 2010 0

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

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…

By admin November 22, 2010 1

Twelve months to secure a Robin Hood Tax?

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.…

By admin November 19, 2010 1

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

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…

By admin November 15, 2010 2