Martin Ravallion takes time off from supplying research to worry about the demand side. How to get can-do development workers to also be can-read (preferably before doing)? Answer: mandatory literature reviews before taking any action. Sounds good to me.
‘A financial transaction tax would actually increase the efficiency of the allocation of capital: it would improve the functioning of capitalism, rather than undermining it.’ Robert Peston, the BBC’s weird-but-influential Business Editor, comes out in support of the Robin Hood Tax and adds some good ideas for making it harder to avoid. Avinash Persaud, another financial heavy hitter, also gets behind the proposal.
A mobile phone version of chucking money out of helicopters. Give Directly transfers your donation straight to the mobile phones of ‘people likely to be poor.’ A more progressive alternative to quantitative easing?
I was all ready to be rubbish this as just a public relations stunt, but it really is rather impressive. The ruling British Conservative Party (yes the one once led by Margaret Thatcher), decided to turn its one free TV slot over to an appeal for East Africa. Any chance of the Democrats (let alone the Republicans) doing the same thing in the US? Or sending a group of party members to do voluntary work in Rwanda every year?
A 6 minute video on the Uganda land grab story I covered a couple of weeks ago