Dodgy elections; new blogs; big oil backlash; India's healthcare reforms; banning traditional midwives; paying for biodiversity; land rights graphics: links I liked

March 5, 2012 1 By admin

Elections are everywhere. Alan Beattie reckons the next World Bank president will be American, he’s just not sure which American. Jeff rigged electionsSachs is though – he just nominated himself; How to write about African elections – a (satirical) crib sheet for journalists; the Economist’s guide to how to rig them, which they reckon is happening more often (see graph)

Great, some new blogs: Oxford’s Centre for the Study of African Economies. Also Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson have started up a ‘Why Nations Fail’ blog to accompany their forthcoming book of the same title.

Excellent update on Big oil v transparency legislation in the Economist (which comes down pretty much on our side on this one)

Is India about to sort out a decent public healthcare system?

Is Sierra Leone right to ban traditional birth attendants?

If poor people were paid for the services they provide in preserving some of the world’s key biodiversity hotspots, they could earn $500bn a year

Nice graphics on the importance of land rights

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