Fire brigades or arsonists? A UN debate on the economic crisis

I spoke at an UNCTAD symposium on the global crisis in Geneva this week (Oxfam’s pre-conference submission is here). A laudable attempt to get a conversation going with civil society organizations, but a classically frustrating UN event – dozens of developing country delegates mingling with NGOs and others, but any real exchange was deadened by…

By admin May 22, 2009 0

US aid reform takes off

Shortly after the US election, I blogged about the promising discussions on US aid reform in Washington. Those are now starting to bear fruit. In late April, Howard Berman, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a bill (The Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009–HR 2139). Here are some of his covering remarks:…

By admin May 21, 2009 0

Should aid workers fly business class?; latest on land grabs; dodgy regressions; Chinese carbon emissions; how to set up your own tax dodge and a great climate change youtube: links I liked

Chris Blattman has kicked off a heated debate on whether aid officials should fly business class, see here for example Over on global dashboard, Mark Weston provides an overview on land grabs William Easterly applies his tests for dodgy regressions to Paul Collier’s latest book and Chris Blattman (again, when does he work or sleep?) joins in…

By admin May 19, 2009 1

108 countries now malaria-free. What's happening in the rest of them?

The Financial Times recently published an excellent special report on Combating Malaria (can you name any other newspaper that would do that?). It pulls together a really good overview of the disease, including the science, politics, examples of successful eradication in Mozambique and elsewhere, the role of community health workers, the debate over bed nets,…

By admin May 13, 2009 0

What to take on a field trip; China's irresistible rise; damn lies and regressions; the latest numbers on Euro-pork and fatcats; trade v domestic markets and extreme shepherding: links I liked

Chris Blattman gives a (very long) list of essential items for ‘field work in the tropics’ Alex Evans discusses the latest on China’s new-found assertiveness William Easterly explains the selective use of regressions Eurosnouts in the trough: The New York Times shows how the largest beneficiaries of EU farm subsidies in 2008 include an Italian…

By admin May 12, 2009 0