Is the UN missing in action on the global crisis?

Last week I attended two events that focussed on the crisis and its impact on development: a big DFID conference in preparation for its forthcoming white paper, and an NGO presentation to the UN ‘Commission of Experts’ on reforming the international financial system, which is chaired by Joe Stiglitz. Discussions at both events brought home…

By admin March 17, 2009 3

An intelligent debate on aid; watch as the world burns; why car-swapping aint green; the best newspaper on the crisis; how green is your stimulus? and how to blog at the G20: links I liked

Dambisa Moyo and her bizarrely timed anti-aid message (aid bad, markets good) get a polite but highly effective kicking on the BBC’s aptly named Hard Talk programme, courtesy of Alison Evans, the incoming director of the Overseas Development Institute. Top quality TV, with a well briefed chair pushing both participants hard. Alarming ‘Real-time’ stats on…

By admin March 13, 2009 8

What happens when you give people money (rather than food or blankets) after a natural disaster? Some evidence from Zambia

When disaster strikes in the shape of floods or droughts, aid agencies traditionally ship in food and blankets, often over great distances. But increasingly, people are trying out a novel alternative – give people envelopes full of cash and let them buy what they need. I’ve just been reading an evaluation of two such exercises…

By admin March 11, 2009 1

Building a Low Carbon Economy: How much will it cost? Where do we start?

Leaders like Obama and (increasingly) Gordon Brown seem to be gravitating towards the ‘green new deal’ argument that massive international spending in response to the financial crisis must also shift economies onto a ‘low carbon recovery’ path. Looking at the science, there’s little argument – we have to massively reduce the carbon intensity of production…

By admin March 10, 2009 2

Why Dambisa Moyo is Dead Wrong; John Wyndham on climate change; where has all the money gone? Bank bailouts for beginners and some Windows music: links I liked

The Guardian’s Madeleine Bunting has the guts to tell Dambisa Moyo that she is wrong on aid. Dead Wrong, in fact. Respect. Global Dashboard delves into the early literature of climate change and finds John ‘Kraken Wakes’ Wyndham got there first. Where’s all the money gone? The Economist shows where all the offshore finance is…

By admin March 6, 2009 0