Ethiopia's lost wealth; climate change adaptation in action; Busan and Durban unpacked; Britain v Europe; who needs leaders? NGOs send emails: links I liked

December 14, 2011 0 By admin

A giant sucking sound – Ethiopia’s losses due to illicit financial outflows amounted to $3.26bn in 2009, which was more than the combined value of the development assistance it received and the products it exported. [h/t Beyond Aid]

Climate change adaptation in Uganda and Ethiopia: What is the impact of climate hazards, variability and change on different livelihood groups? How do development interventions contribute to communities’ adaptive capacity? What is missing that would enhance their contribution to adaptive capacity? Oxfam’s Kirsty Wilson summarizes the initial findings of a big new research project.  

‘Busan is notable for the almost complete absence of additional commitments for all donors (apart from on transparency) and for highlighting the ”opportunities presented by diverse approaches to development cooperation”. … This new architecture for the global governance of development assistance – which might be described as ‘variable geometry’ – has obvious parallels with the direction in which climate change discussions are also moving. [And] there seems to be less focus on ‘mutual accountability’ between donors and developing countries, and more attention to accountability of donors to their taxpayers and of aid-recipient governments to their own citizens in their use of aid.’ Owen Barder reflects on the deeper dynamics of the Busan (and Durban) summits

‘On a sinking Titanic, the UK is lobbying to avoid further damage to the iceberg.’ On Global Dashboard, David Stevens provides possibly the best one-line summary of Britain’s triumph in the EU negotiations and Alex Evans elaborates

‘Leaders are necessary, but not because they are the source of social change. Rather their real function is to occupy the role that allows the rest of us to make sense of what is happening.’ Ben Ramalingam reflects on the (lack of) leaders in Occupy and the Arab Spring.

NGOs in action. Ouch – too close for comfort [h/t Martin Hall]