In praise of David Mepham, arguably the inventor of DFID

David Mepham, who died this week, has a strong claim to be the person who did most to bring about the establishment of the UK's Department for International Development. Read the full post »

The International Finance Facility for Education: The Wrong Answer to the Right Question?

Donors are considering a proposal for a new “innovative finance mechanism” to increase funding for education, based on recommendations from Gordon Brown’s Education Commission. We agree that we need to finance an expansion of education in the developing world. But sadly, the International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd) proposal is too good to be true. Read the full post »
Penny Mordaunt MP

The eternal opportunity

A list of announcements that for the first time in history we can eradicate poverty. Read the full post »

Theresa May’s letter to EU citizens does not guarantee key rights

Theresa May says that citizens' rights are her first priority. She means that her first priority is to curtail them. Read the full post »

Religious zealots should mind their own business

How dare religious zealots impose their wicked views on the rest of us? Read the full post »

Brian Barder 1934-2017 – A life well lived

On the death of my father, Brian Barder. A life well lived. Read the full post »

Have we reached peak global?

Better global policies have brought about unprecedented improvements in many people's lives. The right response to the present political challenge to this agenda is to do a far, far better job of making sure that we properly manage the negative effects for people who have lost out, and work much, much harder to share the gains more widely. Read the full post »

Navigating with the Garmin Forerunner 920XT

How to get turn by turn directions on a Garmin Forerunner 920XT Read the full post »

What Can International Development Learn From Britain’s Olympic Team?

Getting on the bandwagon of identifying lessons from Team GB's relative success at the 2016 Olympic Games. Read the full post »

Brexit and Truthiness

In which I fact check and annotate today's Vote Leave leaflet Read the full post »

Do middle-income countries really get more aid than low-income countries?

Hans Rosling, using ODI data, said that middle income countries get three times as much aid as low income countries, per person in poverty. Actually low income countries get 79% more aid per poor person than middle income countries. Read the full post »

Aid transparency: are we nearly there?

There is good news and bad news in the 2016 Aid Transparency Index, which is published today. Read the full post »
The sun shines on Ardbeg distillery warehouse

Why taxing global companies is hard

Should the profits on scotch whisky be taxed in Scotland, where it is made, or China where it is sold? And what about Google? Read the full post »

Will we be the first generation to eradicate malaria?

This isn't the first time that Bill Gates and the UK government have announced a $3bn plan to eradicate malaria. Read the full post »
Hillary Clinton attends the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting at The Shertaon New York Hotel on September 25, 2013 in New York City.

When the US Secretary of State reads your blog posts

One of my blog posts (written with Kim Elliott) ended up on Hillary Clinton's desk according to the latest batch of released emails. Read the full post »

Strings attached

The Economist considers the implications of the UK's new aid strategy. Read the full post »
Red cat lying on the sofa.

Fat cats

By the end of today, the average Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company will have been paid more than the average employee earns all year.  The same average employee will have been paid more than the average Ethiopian earns all year. Read the full post »