Links I Liked

Early Covid test

‘Brief explainer on how not to communicate when inviting a “diverse” person to come speak at your event/join your club’. Essential reading, especially for event organizers etc from Nani Jansen Reventlow ht Tobias Denskus

‘Life and health in most governments’ COVID ethics are valued as equally necessary whether you are 80 or 20. This is intuitively odd.’ Thought-provoking Hugo Slim essay comparing ethics of war and COVID response

Talking of ethics, Research Ethics: A practical guide. v useful toolkit from Oxfam’s Franziska Mager and Silvia Galandini

Where I think Trump was right‘ (‘America First’ is preferable/less bloody compared to American Exceptionalism), ‘and what Trump allowed us to learn’ (corruption at the heart of the US system is a feature not a bug). Branko Milanovic on on top contrarian form.

Thomas Piketty: ‘New major update of Global Inequality Data. Thanks to the combined effort of hundreds of researchers worldwide, we are now able to provide inequality estimates for 173 countries.

How much does it cost to be a politician in Uganda? $130k (and rising) to win a seat ($145k for women MPs). Then they must keep spending more than their salary once they win. Anyone surprised that the result is corruption?

The systematic scale-up of social entrepreneurs’ solutions by Big International NGOs is simply not a thing. Why not? Nice provocation.

The rise of the global ‘middle class’. Population with incomes > $10 a day by continent. The political implications profound, and often under-recognized in the aid biz.

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