Evo Morales and Somerset beauty queens; trashing Bill Easterly; cutting aid starts wars; developmentfest in NY; we hate fun; 100 years of US inequality: links I liked
Time out from Ethiopia week (which continues tomorrow) for some links I liked
“Jessica Anne Jordan Burton’s background gave no indications that she would end up in politics. Born in the Somerset town of Bath in England, the 26-year-old moved to Bolivia as a young girl with her mother after her parents divorced. She was crowned Miss Bolivia in 2006 (see pic). Four years later she is now responsible for development in Beni, north- east Bolivia.” With a $700m development pot. Seems Evo Morales has indeed been influenced by Venezuela, at least when it comes to a weakness for beauty queens. And Bath’s my home town – we all dress like this. Oh dear……. P.S. If you’re thinking jobs-for-beauty-queens is a purely Latin American phenomenon, I have two words for you. Silvio. Berlusconi. [h/t James Stevenson]
How many hungry people are there? A lazy and supercilious attack on the latest FAO numbers by Bill Easterly is politely but comprehensively trashed by the FAO’s David Dawe, supported by our very own Richard King (but at least Aid Watch had the decency to publish the responses on their blog).
Cutting aid triggers new conflicts, according to a new paper. Worrying, given the pressures on aid in a number of countries. [h/t Chris Blattman]
A flavour of development week in New York. Makes me glad I was in Ethiopia….
A wonderfully grumpy attack on compulsory fun in the workplace