Whose bottom billion?; another disease eradicated; the world’s richest women; what price aid?; crazy food prices; Africa from the outside and death by consultation: links I liked
“My bottom billion is better than your bottom billion”: Andy Sumner v Paul Collier on an IDS podcast (and Paul comes out swinging – these academics take no prisoners). Further briefings on Andy’s boat-rocking Bottom Billion paper (previously reviewed on this blog) here. And if you’re in central London at 5pm tomorrow, why not drop in to the House of Commons to hear Andy, me and others discuss ‘Beyond the MDG Summit: What Next for Global Poverty Reduction?‘
Good news, anyone? Scientists have eradicated a killer virus in the wild, only the second time such a feat has been achieved in human history. Rinderpest, a virus that causes devastating cattle plague, has been wiped out, the first time such an announcement has been made since the end of smallpox more than 30 years ago.
Over half the world’s richest women are Chinese [h/t Penny Fowler]
So Britain’s aid budget has, miraculously, survived the cuts in last week’s Comprehensive Spending Review, but at what long-term cost in terms of aid quality (e.g. halving DFID’s staff), asks the LSE’s Nilima Gulrajani
Six examples of crazy food price swings, from Korean cabbage to Russian Bread,
Chris Blattman posts this great mental map of Africa – anyone got versions from the other continents?
So you’re in an interminable meeting, bored and on-line. Why not take part in an online discussion? Death by consultation is a constant threat for outnumbered NGO policy wonks. Here’s a couple of options:
USAID is having an online forum on broad-based growth. Register here
And DFID’s Private Sector development people are at it too, saying they are ‘planning to undertake a major research programme on private sector development (PSD) in low-income and fragile countries with the aim of improving policies to deliver economic growth and poverty reduction.’ Sign up for the six week consultation.