The world's nomadic economic heart; aid blogging made funny; smartphones and graphs for climate disasters; shifting inequality goalposts; the worst aid promo video EVER: links I liked

July 3, 2012 7 By admin

After breaking my duck on twitter, I’m starting to use it more and more for tweeting links to interesting stuff. I’ll still use the blog to post the best and/or ones that merit more than 140 characters of explanation, but if you are a true linkhoover, you’d best start following me on @fp2p. Here’s this week’s top picks.

Great Economist graphic on the world’s moving economic centre of gravity over the last 200 years. Two main points: the shift from EastGlobal centre of economic gravity to West and back again, and the rapid acceleration in its movement. Click twice to expand. [h/t just about everyone]

Time for some navel-gazing. The ‘Staying for Tea’ blog is developing a nice line in posts about aid blogging, where it turns out this blog a) has next to no ‘influence on the average person’ and is ‘a bit academic for some’. My elitist little wonk heart glows with pride. First the honest (and painful) truth about the time wasting, futility and existential crises of aid blogging – in charts. Next up, a Who’s Who of International Development Blogging [h/t Gawain Kripke].

Number of climate related disasters 1980-2011 – grim graphs of trends in droughts, storms and floods, c/o  UNISDR

Hardly anyone in poor rural areas of developing countries has a smartphone yet, but they will do in a few years, so this new US smartphone weather alert system could be an interesting addition to disaster risk reduction [h/t Ian Bray]

‘Just as the political consensus might be slowly moving towards addressing [inequality], the stakes have been raised with the inclusion of resource inequalities too.’ Claire Melamed ponders the evolving inequality debate.

Is the worst ever aid promotion video? Thanks to the US Marine corps for graphically demonstrating why we should be worried about the link between aid and counter-terrorism. “We are the first to move towards the sounds of tyranny, injustice, and despair” (image of helicopter gunship carrying boxes labelled “aid”). You think aid workers feel safer with this kind of stuff being broadcast? [h/t NYU DRI aka Bill Easterly’s new blog]