Month: January 2011

Sarkozy and Tobin; the first charter city; measuring GDP from space; food prices and speculation; become a UN Godmother; Dani Rodrik's new book; hand puppet climate change: links I liked

“Nicolas Sarkozy wants one. George Soros thinks it is a good idea. Development campaigners have it at the top of their wish list. The question, therefore, is whether the time for a Tobin tax has come?” Larry Elliott explores one impact of the French G20 presidency. Is Honduras building the first charter city? Measuring country…

By admin January 31, 2011 0

Gender Equality and Development: What will (and won’t) be in the 2012 World Development Report?

Just got round to reading the 65 page outline (dread to think how long the final version will be) of the 2012 World Development Report on ‘Gender Equality and Development’. Kudos to the Bank, as ever, for putting such documents online as part of the report writing process – how many NGOs ever consider doing…

By admin January 28, 2011 1

The new Future of Food and Farming Report: excellent diagnosis; patchy cure; no power and politics

I attended the launch at the UK Treasury this week of The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and Choices for Global Sustainability. It’s a high level UK government report from some top scientists, and should have significant influence over the next few years on much of the terrain Oxfam will be exploring in its…

By admin January 27, 2011 7

The Obama Doctrine – where is the US going on development and diplomacy?

Government reports don’t come with much less enticing titles than the US ‘Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review’ but as is often the way, a boring title signals important content, setting out big and in some cases excellent plans for US foreign and development policy. The director of the review, Anne Marie Slaughter, presented the review at…

By admin January 25, 2011 4

Cargill cashes in; wikileaks on China and Africa; 1/3 of Zimbabwe's voters are dead; Dambisa Moyo's new book; South African Aid; business and human rights: links I liked

Food price crisis, what crisis? ‘Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, announced on Wednesday that its profits had tripled year-on-year in the second quarter of its fiscal year, as the company profited from supply disruptions in the global food chain and rising prices’. What does Wikileaks tell us about the US government’s real view…

By admin January 24, 2011 0

Want to avoid financial crises? Then reduce inequality, says the IMF

What are they putting in the water at the IMF these days? Following its recent advocacy of not one, but two new global taxes, a new IMF working paper by Michael Kumhof and Romain Ranciere links inequality with financial crises. “The United States experienced two major economic crises over the past century—the Great Depression starting…

By admin January 20, 2011 8

The Upside of High Food Prices

Nice pieces from agricultural economist Steve Wiggins on the ODI and Guardian blogs, which I quote at length, because I think it’s an important correction to the discussion on the current food price spike. ‘In 2008 developing countries, and poor people within them, were hit hard by the price spike in the international cereals market. Once…

By admin January 18, 2011 9