Afghan refugee girls wait at the end of a long line of 150 residents that live in the Farah City District V Refugee Camp to receive donated items sent from the United States and delivered to the camp by the Farah Provincial Reconstruction Team Civil Affairs Team, Jan. 9. The items, including shoes, winter coats and blankets, were sorted and distributed by Abdul Khaaleq Amini, director of the Department of Refugees and Repatriation office for Farah province, with the help of two Afghan national police officers and several refugee elders who also live in the camp.

Here’s a simple way to help refugees: give them cash

Rather than giving refugees food, shelter, water and medical care, it is often better to give them cash. Read the full post »
Rows of people in suits, many looking at blackberries or laptops, in the UN Conference Centre

Addis: A Good First Step, but a Terrible Last Word, for 2015

The Financing for Development Conference in July 2015 in Addis Ababa was never going to solve all the world’s development problems. The policy framework is pretty good, but will only be important if government, companies and organisations now take specific actions. Read the full post »
An old wooden chest on a beach

Financing for development – where the treasure is buried

We won’t get development from global and domestic “tax and spend” alone. We should be focusing more on the huge untapped wealth locked up by policies and behaviour which distort the global economy, creating massive economic, environmental, and welfare losses for most of the world’s population. Read the full post »
A guard tower by a fence

Migration and Development: Small Tweaks for Big Benefits

With immigration policy potentially in flux, this might be a good time to think about how migration policies can make a more positive contribution to development. Read the full post »
Michael Gove speaking at Policy Exchange

Accidents of birth

Michael Gove's determination to liberate children from accidents of birth is hard to reconcile with tougher immigration controls. Read the full post »
Martin Luther King raises his right hand in a wave, with thousands of people on the Washington Mall behind him

“I have a dream …” [global edition]

I have a dream that we will one day take seriously the idea that we are all created equal, not just within countries but everywhere; and that we will recognize that it is intolerable that a person's future should be mainly determined by the place of his or her birth. Read the full post »