Proven success of aid for vaccines

A new study has found that aid channeled into vaccination has had a significant effect on improving childhood vaccination rates in the poorest countries.

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The battle of ideas

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

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More on China in Africa

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. … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Is it 20:20 hindsight?

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

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Measles deaths halved by international initiative

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

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Buy Danish

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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:

  • Lurpak butter
  • Anything sold by Arla Foods
  • Tuborg beer, or Carlsberg beer if you
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The Daisy Cutter and the Downfall of Charles Kennedy

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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Sierra Nevada on Boxing Day

I am writing this by the fire inside this restaurant, having hiked here from Granada.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Youssou N’Dour Live in Berkeley

ndour1.jpgWe 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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Normblog profile of Chris Dillow

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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Amazing announcement on malaria

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. … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Diplomatic immunity and my Dad

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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Having children: not in my name

NotInMyName.jpgLionel 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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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What’s left in economics?

Splendid contribution from Chris at Stumbling and Mumbling, who asks what a coherent set of left-wing economic policies would look like.

He offers:

  1. Macro markets to enable workers to insure against falling demand.
  2. A citizens basic income.
  3. Asset redistribution,
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Aid and growth: Erixon and selective data

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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Irrepressible Worstall

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).  … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Vaccine fund to save lives

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.

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Measles campaign success in Africa

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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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