Map of the Horn of Africa by the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS-NET)

Famine and drought

Two things to keep in mind about famine and drought. First, famine is not caused by drought or overpopulation or insufficient food production. Second, development aid works.

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The Liberia Marathon and 10km

The first Liberia Marathon is on 28 August 2011.

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In school not learning

George Bush famously asked, ‘Is our children learning?’. That’s also the question by Uwezo, a coalition of NGOs working in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.  Their report published today makes dismal reading about the quality of schools.

First, a word … Go to to read the rest

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Tony Blair on Development Drums

Tony Blair is my guest on the latest Development Drums. He talks about his Africa Governance Initiative, and more broadly about democracy, leadership, globalization, DFID, and his own future.

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Deborah Brautigam and her book, the Dragon's Gift

China in Africa – Deborah Brautigam [podcast]

The latest edition of the Development Drums podcast is now online. It was the last one I recorded before leaving Ethiopia.

Deborah Brautigam, a scholar renowned for her work on China-Africa relations, discusses her book, The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Go to to read the rest

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Malawi success and donor fallibility

On the Oxfam blog, Max Lawson has an excellent guest post telling the story of how Malawi has used an extensive programme of fertilizer subsidies to generate seven years of economic growth, reduductions in poverty and child deaths.

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Graph by Maxim Pinkovskiy and Xavier Sala-i-Martin

Economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa

A perennial question in development economics is whether economic growth, by itself, is enough to reduce poverty.

The question came up in the most recent edition of Development Drums. Claire Melamed argued that the fact that so many of … Go to to read the rest

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