A new edition of the Development Drums podcast is now available online. Malini Mehra from the Center for Social Markets and Alex Evans from the Center on International Cooperation at NYU take a step back… Continue reading
A new study has found that aid channeled into vaccination has had a significant effect on improving childhood vaccination rates in the poorest countries.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, writing in the current edition of The Lancet… Continue reading
Jackie Ashley is good in the Guardian today:
To be a liberal does not mean shrugging your shoulders at those who loathe you and hoping that somehow everyone will get on. A world divided between Christian bible-belt fundamentalists, powered by… Continue reading
I wrote earlier this week about China’s growing role in Africa. Here are six further insights into the implications of China’s push into Africa. Continue reading
Andrew Sullivan yesterday:
I’m aware of one person who clearly stated before the war that he believed that Saddam had no WMDs. That was Scott Ritter. This is not the same as saying that we didn’t know for sure, or… Continue reading
The WHO and UNICEF announced today that The Measles Initiative has halved measles deaths.
Global deaths due to measles fell by 48%, from 871 000 in 1999 to an estimated 454 000 in 2004, thanks to major national immunization activities… Continue reading
Here are some Danish products you might want to add to your shopping basket this week, as a way to stand up and be counted:
I thought Charles Kennedy’s statement yesterday was brave and dignified. I am not going to comment on that. Instead I want to reflect on the role of Daisy McAndrew in all this.
Mr Kennedy’s statement was triggered by the intelligence… Continue reading
I am writing this by the fire inside this restaurant, having hiked here from Granada.
We went to see Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour on Saturday, live here on Berkeley in the Zellerbach Hall.
Youssou N’Dour became well-known outside Senegal after his collaboration with Peter Gabriel, formerly of Genesis, in the mid 1980s. He had popular… Continue reading
Norman Geras of Normblog interviews a different blogger each week. I find these a fascinating insight into the many bloggers whose virtual company I enjoy. These are people with whom I debate, listen, learn, laugh, bicker, celebrate and mourn. And… Continue reading
In an amazing announcement, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced today that it will donate $258 million to research on malaria, which kills 2,000 African children each day.
See more at my Vaccines for Development blog.
My father, Brian Barder was on Radio 4′s Broadcasting House this morning, to talk about diplomatic immunity. The US Embassy in London has apparently decided that it should not pay the congestion charge.
I assume the aim was to bring… Continue reading
Lionel Shriver had an interesting piece in the Guardian on September 17th. I’ve only just caught up with it, by way of Natalie at Philobiblion (with whom I completely agree).
Shriver says that as we have become richer, we have… Continue reading
Splendid contribution from Chris at Stumbling and Mumbling, who asks what a coherent set of left-wing economic policies would look like.
- Macro markets to enable workers to insure against falling demand.
- A citizens basic income.
- Asset redistribution,… Continue reading
Jim at Our Word is Our Weapon splendidly refutes the graph published by Fredrik Erixon that purports to show a negative relationship between aid and growth. (See also Jeff Sachs’s response to Erixon).
As Jim points out, these very simple… Continue reading
Regular readers will recall that I occasionally take Tim Worstall to task for some of his opinions about development, especially his articles at TechCentralStation. For example, I disagreed with him on the role of the supply side in development). … Continue reading
Kudos to Gordon Brown for getting the new International Finance Facility for Immunization off the ground. Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective (and least corruptible) ways to save lives in developing countries.
Read about it here in my "day… Continue reading
A study in The Lancet (free registration required) measures the success of a partnership to reduce measles in Africa, the Measles Initiative, started in 2001. Initial partners were the American Red Cross, the WHO, the US Centers for Disease Control… Continue reading
The Guardian has an online photograph exhibition about the eight Millennium Development Goals.
Jeff Sachs’s introduction says:
This remarkable exhibition of photographs on behalf of the Millennium Development Goals brilliantly highlights our common humanity. We look at photos of people… Continue reading