Month: March 2012

Invasion of the tuk tuks; soft handshakes; barred by the eco-KKK; shoe-tossing and an unlikely place for a charter city: final impressions of Central America

Things that have changed since I roamed Central America as a ‘Sandalista’ in the 1980s: – Even though the civil wars are long gone, the homicide rates are some of the highest in the world, razor wire is everywhere, and the security brief for Oxfam staff makes it sound like a war zone. – Cellphones, obviously. A…

By admin March 30, 2012 2

World Water Day in pics; tobacco as development issue; history of $1 a day; India acts on overpriced drugs; BAe in Tanzania; Zinisha: Links I liked

Lovely collection of readers photos on the Guardian site to commemorate world water day. Lots more on the day here and from Oxfam’s West Africa essential services guy here. Another hitherto ‘northern’ issue that development agencies are going to have to start taking seriously – tobacco. ‘Tobacco use killed almost 6 million people last year…

By admin March 26, 2012 2

Campaigners can still learn from the Abolition of Slavery: guest post by Max Lawson

Max Lawson, Oxfam’s head of advocacy, reflects on what today’s campaigners on the Robin Hood Tax (or pretty much anything else) can learn from the anti-slavery movement A global industry, dominated by the UK, providing a third of our GDP. An industry that purchases politicians, and is deeply rooted in the establishment. An industry, formerly revered,…

By admin March 23, 2012 15

What have we learned from trying to help poor farmers use markets better?

After some pretty rarified policy wonkery on agriculture and development last week, Erinch Sahan, an Oxfam private sector adviser, summarizes what we have learned from our work in the field  (for once, the right expression). And no, there doesn’t appear to be much obvious overlap with the topics covered in the earlier posts, but I…

By admin March 21, 2012 12

What to do about Syria? How about declaring its oil and arms contracts illegitimate? Neat idea from CGD

What to do about Syria? The inventive wonks at CGD think they have a neat answer: “The main financial and legal centres of the world should declare that any contracts signed after today by a regime which has been designated illegitimate will be regarded as odious, and will not be enforceable in their jurisdictions.” CGD’s…

By admin March 20, 2012 0