Month: June 2012

What kind of sustainable development goals should emerge from Rio?

This post was also published today on the Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog I attended an ‘expert panel’ discussion recently on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Originating in a proposal by the Colombian government for what comes after 2015, when most of the Millennium Development Goals expire, some initial progress on the SDGs is being increasingly…

By admin June 15, 2012 1

Confronting scarcity by managing water, energy and land: the new European Report on Development

I have skimmed a few of the curtain raisers for next week’s Earth Summit in Rio, and sure enough, they fall into the familiar pattern of ‘If I ruled (or at least ‘managed’) the world’ documents: a summary of the research evidence, a call to arms (in this case save planet and species, preferably both),…

By admin June 13, 2012 0

How not to write about Africa; parents like conditions; see inequality from space; growth stars; financial arms races; Rio+20 draft text; Family Planning Summit: links I liked

How not to write about Africa in 2012, a beginner’s guide, blisteringly written by Binyavanga Wainaina. Nice. An experiment in Brazil suggests 82% of parents like the ‘conditional’ in ‘conditional cash transfers’ because it helps them make their kids go to school. They even turned down the offer of a (slightly) larger unconditional cash transfer…

By admin June 11, 2012 0

What can political economists tell us about Africa, aid and development?

This post also appeared on the World Bank’s ‘People, Spaces, Deliberation’ governance blog There’s a clutch of different research initiatives trying to understand Africa’s political economy and its impact on development and aid. Often, the tone of the political economists can be quite discouraging – Alex Duncan gives a tongue-in-cheek definition of a political economist…

By admin June 8, 2012 12

Microcredit as aid; Justin Lin, Paul McCartney and the development hit parade; RCT Nerdwar; bias in development research; slutwalks in the South; untouchable video diaries: links I liked

“While microcredit has, on average, no effect on poverty, it can produce significant benefits for the poorest people, by enabling them to manage volatile and uncertain incomes.  We should think of microcredit not as a catalyst for economic growth, but as a utility, providing a key service to poor people. Subsidizing the provision of this…

By admin June 4, 2012 4