The throne of the House of Lords

Vague about the Constitution

There was nothing unconstitutional about yesterday’s decision by the House of Lords.

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Health worker administrates polio-vaccine drops to a child during anti-polio immunization campaign at Pak-Afghan Border on April 08, 2015

XKCD on World Polio Day

XKCD teases the innovation fetish in international development.

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Four men on their way to work at sunrise. One is on a bicycle.

We are the first generation in human history … again

Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, says that the world is moving closer to the historic goal of ending poverty by 2030: This is the best story in the world today — these projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty … This new forecast … Continue reading We are the first generation in human history … again

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Humanitarian Cash Transfers

The Free Exchange column in this week’s Economist discusses the work of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers.

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Casual Laborers with the WFP (World Food Program) load food rations onto a truck in the Free Port of Monrovia.
Official USMC photo by Corporal Marcus L. Miller

Transforming Humanitarian Aid with Cash Transfers: High Level Panel Report

A High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers, which I chaired, has concluded that much more humanitarian aid should be provided as cash, rather than as vouchers or in-kind; and that this change should be used to bring about broader reforms of humanitarian aid.

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