Climate change, resource curse & growth; changing leaders in Africa; see-through Oxfam; the end of AIDS?; arms infographic; holiday dreams: links I liked (& sorry about last night)
First, apologies to anyone from outside Britain foolish enough to watch the awful Olympics closing ceremony. Top tweets from Alan Beattie: ‘Can we tell heaven from hell? Opening vs closing ceremonies is a pretty good simulation’ and Ian Birrell ‘Can only presume this toe-curlingly bad show is to get us back in the pre-Olympic mood of despondency & gloom’. Guess we just aren’t good at finales – look at Paul McCartney two weeks ago. But at least I was in the stadium to see Mo and Usain win gold (again) on Saturday – unforgettable.
And now (sigh) back to reality
Every 1°C increase in a poor country reduces its annual economic growth by 1.3%. New Harvard research [h/t Ricardo Fuentes]
Joe Stiglitz explains how African governments can avoid the ‘curse of wealth’ from their new oil and gas finds, with encouraging examples from other continents
Dani Rodrik doesn’t think there will be any more growth miracles in the developing world
The problems of leadership succession in Africa. Particularly relevant given the likelihood of change in Ethiopia, following Meles Zenawi’s illness and disappearance from public view – good analysis from Rene Lefort
Calling all transparency wonks and data geeks. Oxfam has just published IATI-compliant data for 2010–2012, including campaigns and advocacy projects for the first time. There’s some nice visualization tools in development.#
‘The science, the advocates, and the new World Bank give me reason for hope. It’s now time for pharma, donors, and governments to play their part.’ Oxfam health wonk Mohga Kamal Yanni reflects on the AIDS 2012 conference and the possible end of the pandemic.
Too-beautiful interactive infographic on the arms trade 1992-2010 [h/t Gawain Kripke and Michael Clemens]
And for those of you just off on or returning from holiday, wouldn’t it be nice if this was what awaited you at arrivals [h/t Idilay Bilan]