Posts Tagged ‘aid

I will be speaking at the Battle of Ideas satellite debate on “Trade or Aid?” in Oslo on Thursday 7 November.

No “articles of note” for a while and then two come along at once: Population bomb still a fizzer 40 years on, the Australian, by Oliver Marc Hartwich. A critique of environmentalism’s worship of nature. Fair trade does not help the poor, report says, Daily Telegraph, by Harry Wallop. Discusses a report from the Institute […]

The world’s lungs. The Economist. Fairly upbeat comment piece on the prospects for the world’s forests linked to an Economist survey on forestry. No free locavore lunch, Wall Street Journal, by Virginia Postrel. A critical article on the local food movement. Serving up some home truths about food, spiked, by Rob Lyons. A review of […]

It is amazing that no significant voices have challenged the coalition government’s decision not to cut spending at Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) – its development ministry. In these economic harsh times it might be expected that some would argue it should share the burden of austerity along with everyone else. The official reason […]

Rob Killick explains on his blog how economic development could have hugely reduced the human impact of the earthquake in Haiti. Rich countries are far better able to cope with such events than poor ones.

William Easterly, a professor at New York University and one of the world’s leading conservative development economists, has done a belated review (PDF) of Paul Collier’s The Bottom Billion ( “Foreign aid goes military”, New York Review of Books 55(19), 4 December 2008). Easterly looks at the increasing trend to link development to calls for […]

Worldwrite has produced two new short films. Cash Back is a look at the importance of remittances to economic development in the third world. For the poorest countries it can be several times the amount of official development assistance or foreign direct investment. I’m a Subsistence Farmer Get Me Out of Here is an attack […]

The World Bank has updated the development notes on its website. They give a useful summary of the current orthodoxy on topics such as aid, climate change and development, equitable growth, governance and trade policy.

Spiked has published my review of The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier. For earlier discussions of this book see posts of 14 May, 6 June and 1 July.

Africa update

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6 Apr 2007

Recent news on developments related to Africa. * Economic growth. Africa grew by 5.7% in 2006 after a 5.3% increase in 2005, according to the United Nations’ Economic Report on Africa 2007. Although this growth is relatively strong it should be noted that African economies are starting from an exceedingly low base. The report also […]