Owen Barder ponders ‘the coming collapse of the aid system’ and gives his league table of the best development blogs (and yep, he likes this one, so his judgement is clearly impeccable). Try and find half an hour to browse – well worth it.
Justin Lin, chief economist at the World Bank, demystifies the Chinese miracle.
Ever read about Kibera’s ‘flying toilets’ (no latrines, lots of plastic bags – use your imagination), well now someone has decided to work within the existing system. A Swedish entrepreneur is trying to market and sell a biodegradable plastic bag that acts as a single-use toilet for urban slums in the developing world. Once used, the bag can be knotted and buried, and a layer of urea crystals breaks down the waste into fertilizer, killing off disease-producing pathogens found in faeces. The bag, called the Peepoo, is the brainchild of Anders Wilhelmson, an architect and professor in Stockholm. [h/t Bill Easterly] Doesn’t feel right to me – what do people think? [Update: people think it stinks (sorry) – see comments]
Oh dear, more good news. Karen Grepin reports on new research published in the Lancet that suggests that maternal mortality rates, traditionally seen as the worst performing of the Millennium Development Goals, may actually be improving (but the scandal is we don’t know for sure, because data is so bad that much of this is guesswork).
Bill Easterly reminds technofrothers that it is telly, not twitter, that is really changing the world
Fancy entering a competition for short films that expose the true cost and impact of arms trade and armed violence on development? Not sure how many film makers read this blog, but if you know any, direct them to the ‘shooting poverty’ site.
Bolivia thumbs its nose at a certain soft drinks giant by launching ‘Coca Colla’ – the real real thing.
A pixellated world – aka revenge of the space invaders. Clever, but is it just me, or is it also slightly depressing? [h/t Alex Evans]
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