Evo Morales and Somerset beauty queens; trashing Bill Easterly; cutting aid starts wars; developmentfest in NY; we hate fun; 100 years of US inequality: links I liked

Time out from Ethiopia week (which continues tomorrow) for some links I liked

“Jessica Anne Jordan Burton’s background gave no indications that she would end up in politics. Born in the Somerset town of Bath in bolivia beauty queenEngland, the 26-year-old moved to Bolivia as a young girl with her mother after her parents divorced. She was crowned Miss Bolivia in 2006 (see pic). Four years later she is now responsible for development in Beni, north- east Bolivia.” With a $700m development pot. Seems Evo Morales has indeed been influenced by Venezuela, at least when it comes to a weakness for beauty queens. And Bath’s my home town – we all dress like this. Oh dear……. P.S. If you’re thinking jobs-for-beauty-queens is a purely Latin American phenomenon, I have two words for you. Silvio. Berlusconi. [h/t James Stevenson]

How many hungry people are there? A lazy and supercilious attack on the latest FAO numbers by Bill Easterly is politely but comprehensively trashed by the FAO’s David Dawe, supported by our very own Richard King (but at least Aid Watch had the decency to publish the responses on their blog).

Cutting aid triggers new conflicts, according to a new paper. Worrying, given the pressures on aid in a number of countries. [h/t Chris Blattman]

A flavour of development week in New York. Makes me glad I was in Ethiopia….

A wonderfully grumpy attack on compulsory fun in the workplace

US Inequality, 1917-2008

US inequality

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3 Responses to “Evo Morales and Somerset beauty queens; trashing Bill Easterly; cutting aid starts wars; developmentfest in NY; we hate fun; 100 years of US inequality: links I liked”
  1. Tim

    Also jobs for beauty queens in Brazil – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11351808

    and a rather cringeworthy video of lots of the candidates here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jXeLnd7nZw

    Assuming that someone is not up to the job just because they are in a job that allows them to be treated as objectified is an easy trap to fall in to – but not a good one.

    Check out the International Union of Sex Workers to burst lots of the illususion we might have – http://www.iusw.org/

  2. First off, I’d like to thank Richard King (I take it he’s a Policy Researcher at Oxfam?) for his very informative comments on our site. They were great, and certainly helped us out a bunch.

    But I’m not entirely sure how you’re getting that Bill Easterly was “comprehensively trashed” by David Dawe and Richard. As I understand it, he expressed some skepticism about the FAO numbers, acknowledged that he hasn’t looked into it and may very well be wrong, and requested that his readers help him out (with the pretext of a future post). And Richard, David, and other readers provided some excellent responses.

    Richard, if anything, confirmed some of Easterly’s suspicions. He pointed out all the problems with the USDA projections, and answered “yes” to the question on whether the FAO numbers were in part based on wild guesses. And David Dawe in turn confirmed Richard’s points.

    In all, a healthy, informative discussion, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say Easterly was trashed.

    (Full disclosure: I work, as you may have gathered by now, for Aid Watch.)

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