Money down a rat hole?

Here is a characteristically thorough and well-informed fisking dished out by Jim, at Our Word is Our Weapon, demolishing a recent paper from the so-called International Policy Network which claimed that "foreign aid does more harm than good". And … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Consistently standing up for democracy (2)

A commendable speech by Condi Rice (full text here). Perhaps she read my post yesterday? She said:

For 60 years, my country, the United States, pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region here in

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Aid works: AIDS treatments

David Brooks has this uplifting article in the New York Times (free registration required) about the impact of access to AIDS drugs, financed by aid:

You come to Southern Africa to visit AIDS hospitals, and you expect, or at least

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Some good news at last

Now here is some good news. Apparently, being a geek (preferably a scrawny geek) is now considered attractive.

"I think geeks are more successful. They’re happier in the work they do," Koppel [Elle magazine’s love and sex advice columnist]

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Fallacies about aid and development

Generally, blogs are a pretty good way to hear from people with direct experience and expertise on important issues, without their views being intermediated by the traditional media. Blogs often provide analysis which is well-informed and evidence-based, and both deeper … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Aid works: the eradication of Smallpox

Update: see a longer post on smallpox here.

An estimated 300 million people died from smallpox in the 20th century. As a result of a global international effort, financed by foreign aid, the disease has been eradicated. In the … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Is America stingy with aid?

There is an interesting discussion going on about whether the US is "stingy" in the amount of aid it gives. US official aid is 0.15% of national income. But some commentators are claiming that this understates American generosity, because of … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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