Natural disasters will hurt 50% more people by 2015. Why? Climate Change + Inequality

There has been some striking progress in reducing the death toll from natural disasters in recent decades. While Cyclone Sidr killed around 3,000 people in Bangladesh in 2007, similar or weaker storms killed 100 times that number in 1972 and 45 times more people in 1991, largely because governments and local communities have since taken…

By admin April 21, 2009 4

Is the world running out of water?

Excellent overview of water scarcity in last week’s Economist. Here are a few highlights ‘The overthrow of Madagascar’s president in mid-March was partly caused by water problems—in South Korea. Worried by the difficulties of increasing food supplies in its water-stressed homeland, Daewoo, a South Korean conglomerate, signed a deal to lease no less than half…

By admin April 20, 2009 2

Getting women into paid employment has more impact on poverty than formalizing women's work or equalizing wage rates – findings from Latin America

The International Poverty Centre (IPC) in Brazil churns out some interesting analysis and summarizes them in reader-friendly ‘one pagers’. One recent study looks at the role of gender inequality in explaining income growth, poverty and inequality. Here’s a summary of the one pager. The full paper is here.

By admin April 17, 2009 3

A sneak prevew of the FT in 2020, why anti-aid African writers get all the headlines, the worst NGO ever and economics goes post-autistic: links I liked

A copy of the Financial Times from 2020? Ah, it’s dated 1 April…… (h/t Global Dashboard) Chris Blattman muses (and gets into a row with Bill Easterly) over why anti-aid African voices seem to get all the press attention and a follow up And Chris’ outstanding candidate for worst NGO ever The real-world economics review (formerly…

By admin April 14, 2009 1