An all male panel at the Global Summit for Women

The Pledge

I have resolved not to participate in a panel that does not contain at least one woman (not including the chair of the panel). Read the full post »
A crystal ball, with a line graph in it.

The development agency of the future

The International Development Committee of the British House of Commons has asked: Does a stand-alone Department for International Development have a long-term future? In a memorandum submitted to the Committee in evidence, Alex Evans and I argue that it should. Read the full post »
G8 country leaders at Lough Earne

How did the G-8 do on financial secrecy and tax?

The agenda for action to tackle illicit financial flows has passed an important threshold. While the G-8 meeting did not agree everything that had been hoped, there was tangible progress in two out of the three main areas. Read the full post »
Acemoglu and Robinson

It’s the politics, stupid

One thing that the public knows, which many development experts apparently do not, is that poor countries are poor because they are badly governed and have institutions which prevent growth and permit a small elite to capture the nation's wealth. According to Why Nations Fail, by Daron Acemoğlu and Jim Robinson, the public is (as usual) basically right.

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Duncan Green

From poverty to power – Duncan Green on Development Drums

In the second of a series of three Development Drums podcasts about the relationship between citizens, states and development, Duncan Green talks about effective states and active citizens. Duncan is widely known for his terrific development blog; he is also the author of an ambitious book, From Poverty to Power, which is now out in its second edition.

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Britain's Prime Minister Cameron speaks during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos

We can be the generation …

David Cameron said today "We can be the generation that eradicates absolute poverty in our world."  We are not the first generation to think that we are the first generation that can eradicate poverty.

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NRA Killing our Kids

Guns & economics

Two interesting ideas from economists on gun control. First: require gun owners to take out liability insurance. Second, create a fund which for every dollar the NRA pays to a political candidate would pay $2 to the opponent.

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Pergau Dam video

Learning from failure: the Pergau Dam story

Sir Tim Lankester talked about the Pergau Dam affair at this event co-hosted by CGD in Europe and the Institute for Government.  Watch the video here.

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"Doc: can you take me back to the days of the Washington Consensus?"

All that glisters: the golden thread and complexity

This second of three blog posts looking at development policy through the lens of complexity thinking considers whether David Cameron's 'golden thread' is good development policy.

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Sunder Katwala, Sarah Mulley, Michael Clemens and Duncan Green

Is migration really too toxic?

Modest changes in immigration policies could have huge benefits for the people affected, but are perhaps small enough to be introduced below the radar, without great political risk. This blog posts lists four possible initiatives for the UK.

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Should merit or nationality determine which person becomes President of the World Bank

Choosing a new President of the World Bank

Nominations for the head of the World Bank have now closed, and there are three candidates:

  • Jim Kim, nominated by the United States; President of Dartmouth College, former head of HIV at the World Health Organization, and a founder
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The Mercato, the commercial hub of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia's economy grew by 7.5% in 2011.

End of year reflections

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 …

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Warming to the Open Government Partnership

This joint post with Stephanie Majerowicz first appeared on the Views from the Center blog at the Center for Global Development

“The defining division these days is increasingly: open or closed? Are we open to the changing world? Or do

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Twitter: society’s new dial tone

This blog post first appeared on the Media and Government site.  It suggests that new media is not just a faster and 24 hour news channel. The political economy of media is changing in three important ways.

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Norman Lamont and David Cameron

In praise of Special Advisers

From the Financial Times comes news that David Cameron and Nick Clegg are planning to employ more political special advisers than the previous government; while the media and public try to work out whether there is anything improper about the …

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Conservative Party gives up party political broadcast

This is very impressive.  Here in the UK we do not have paid political advertising: instead political parties are given a limited number of slots on British TV for a ‘party political broadcast’ to put their point across.

This year …

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A lesson in winging it

This piece by Simon Kuper in the Weekend FT is so close to the bone it makes you wince:

I recently went on a business trip with three members of the British ruling classes. The late-night banter over drinks was

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Kids going to school near Bole

Does the public care about development?

Development advocates have to make the case for aid. They are right to say that development is in the national interest of the donor, but it may be a mistake to put this at the centre of the argument. Most people don’t need to be convinced that development is desirable; they need to be convinced that aid works.

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Vaccines and costs

Born to shine

Save the Children has today published a new report, <a href="">No Child Born to Die: Closing the Gaps</a>. This blog post looks at what is good about the report (most of it) but quibbles with the recommendations to prevent the recruitment of health workers by developed countries, and with the call to drive down vaccine prices.

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