Newsnight blog on G8

Paul Mason is blogging the G8 and Live 8 for Newsnight. So far it is lively and interesting. And not just because he has already linked to this blog twice: on aid effectiveness and on trade.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Bush and Africa

Credit where it is due: President Bush made a speech about Africa yesterday. Two quick comments. First, I cannot see how the White House reckons it has trebled aid to Africa. President Bush said yesterday:

Over the last four years,

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Map of aid donors

Thumbnail ODA mapMapping Worlds has produced a fascinating new map of the world showing countries in proportion to the amount of aid they give, and the amount they would give if they met the target of 0.7% of GDP.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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But Africa has already had $450bn?

Some people who are against increasing aid say that, because foreign aid worth more than $450bn has been given to Africa and Africa remains poor, this is evidence that aid does not work. This argument is, of course, absolute rubbish, … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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On markets and equality: in praise of the 2nd theorem

It is widely known that economists predict that, under certain assumptions, competitive markets are efficient – that is, nobody can be made better off without making somebody else worse off. This result – which is knows as the First Fundamental … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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On left wing free traders

I suppose I’m flattered to be picked out by Tim Worstall as an example of someone who is both left of centre and in favour of free trade (even if it is in a post entitled "crazed loons"). However, in … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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What did you do during the genocide?

What have you done today about the genocide in Darfur? Try this. What have you done today about the avoidable and unnecessary death of 20,000 people each day of extreme poverty? Try this. Or this.Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Protecting infant industries

It is sometimes argued that developing countries should protect their firms from international competiton (or should be allowed to do so) so that the firms can get big enough and efficient enough to compete in global markets. This is called … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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The Transformation of Tanzania

Jonathan Power writes in Prospect about his return to Tanzania.

There is no doubt that aid works. The proof of that can be seen in both Tanzania and Uganda from the times when they were given little or no aid.

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The so-called Globalization Institute reports daft survey

Alex Singleton moved from the Adam Smith Institute to set up The Globalization Institute (which as far as I can tell is just him, with a couple of guest appearances from the irrepressible Tim Worstall). Sweetly, Mr Singleton refers … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Markets everywhere

The barking-at-the-moon lunatics who are against government provision of any goods and services that private citizens will buy themselves if they are put under enough duress, will be very pleased to see this latest privatisation in America. Marines’ families … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Money down a rat hole?

Here is a characteristically thorough and well-informed fisking dished out by Jim, at Our Word is Our Weapon, demolishing a recent paper from the so-called International Policy Network which claimed that "foreign aid does more harm than good". And … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Consistently standing up for democracy (2)

A commendable speech by Condi Rice (full text here). Perhaps she read my post yesterday? She said:

For 60 years, my country, the United States, pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region here in

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Aid works: AIDS treatments

David Brooks has this uplifting article in the New York Times (free registration required) about the impact of access to AIDS drugs, financed by aid:

You come to Southern Africa to visit AIDS hospitals, and you expect, or at least

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Some good news at last

Now here is some good news. Apparently, being a geek (preferably a scrawny geek) is now considered attractive.

"I think geeks are more successful. They’re happier in the work they do," Koppel [Elle magazine’s love and sex advice columnist]

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Fallacies about aid and development

Generally, blogs are a pretty good way to hear from people with direct experience and expertise on important issues, without their views being intermediated by the traditional media. Blogs often provide analysis which is well-informed and evidence-based, and both deeper … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Aid works: the eradication of Smallpox

Update: see a longer post on smallpox here.

An estimated 300 million people died from smallpox in the 20th century. As a result of a global international effort, financed by foreign aid, the disease has been eradicated. In the … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Is America stingy with aid?

There is an interesting discussion going on about whether the US is "stingy" in the amount of aid it gives. US official aid is 0.15% of national income. But some commentators are claiming that this understates American generosity, because of … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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