Europe’s approach to development could be characterized as energetically tackling the symptoms of poor economic opportunities for developing countries by providing substantial and effective aid, while doing relatively little to tackle the underlying structural causes of poverty.Read the full post »
There has been bad news about the effectiveness of the leading candidate for a malaria vaccine. Has the time has come for donors to make an Advance Market Commitment?Read the full post »
The video of a talk I did at the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University on 9 October 2012.Read the full post »
The full text of an article in Europe's World by Stephanie Majerowicz and me, commenting on an article by José Antonio Ocampo about the future of the World Bank.Read the full post »
Two reasons why I am concerned about plans for a big campaign in 2013 on food, agriculture, hunger, food security and nutrition.Read the full post »
Remarkable chart from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research showing what has happened to GDP in each recession, compared to the cyclical peak.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest Read the full post »
Discussing the work of the CGD and Social Finance Development Impact Bonds Working Group.Read the full post »
A disarmingly simple but effective way to put more pressure on illegitimate regimes: declare that any future contracts will not be enforceable against their successors.Read the full post »
The Guardian development blog is running a series of end of year reflections on development, including one by me. Many of the articles are upbeat about progress in developing countries, but pessimistic about the short term economic prospects for … Go to www.owen.org to read the restRead the full post »
Duncan Green has been awaiting “the inevitable response from Owen” to a recent post by Dr Kamal-Yanni of Oxfam and Daniel Berman of Médecins Sans Frontières about different approaches to getting vaccines into developing countries. The main point … Go to www.owen.org to read the restRead the full post »
There seems to be some confusion about what the international definition of poverty actually means.
The Millennium Development Goal is to halve, between 1990 and 2015, the
number proportion of people living in extreme poverty. The poverty line was originally … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest
Progressive development thinkers have welcomed the announcement of new money for the Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization (GAVI), and support the partnership between governments and the private sector. A minority of NGOs have criticized GAVI on the grounds that … Go to www.owen.org to read the restRead the full post »
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.
Max cites … Go to www.owen.org to read the restRead the full post »