War Defence budgets. 2016 update from the International Institute of Strategic Studies. The top 10 now spend a total
of $1.1trn (8 times the global aid budget). The US is still top but the balance of spending is moving to Asia.
DFID & the EU are going large on cash transfers to refugees in Lebanon and shaking up humanitarian system in the process.
Satellites are getting better at measuring poverty. New research from Aid Data and Stanford University. Suitably nerdy video summary here.
According to Bill Gates, robots should pay income tax, the same as humans, in order not to have unfair advantage. Interesting, like a Tobin Tax on automation, but how on earth would this work? eg where’s the boundary – will they tax my laptop? And will robots get to vote in return (no taxation without representation and all that)?
How long before microfinance programs and vocational training are imposed by the cops? Chris Blattman has a dystopian moment.
Lots of video/film related links on muslim women this week
The Indian censor bans Oxfam award-winner ‘Lipstick Under my Burkha’ as too ‘lady orientated’. Is that even a thing? The trailer suggests it is quite raunchy for my tender sensibilities, but hardly pornographic.
Nike gets in on the act with a commercial celebrating Arab women athletes who dream big and compete in the sports they love. Good discussion by Nida Ahmad here
Meanwhile, back in real life, women liberated from ISIS controlled areas in Iraq remove their veils and try to burn them (they don’t seem very flammable, unfortunately)
Film for Development. Fantastic trailers for films used to promote development (rather than raise money). From refugees in a Kenyan camp watching Team Refugees compete in the Rio Olympics to MTV Shuga’s excruciatingly awkward visit by two young women to a family planning clinic – not sure it’s going to encourage many other teenagers to follow suit.