IMF corrects misleading impression given by FT

Raghuram G. Rajan, one of the authors of the much quoted and misquoted IMF working papers which look at the impact of aid on growth, has published a correction to the Financial Times article which, he says, misrepresents the IMF’s … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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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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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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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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Cabinet Secretary

So, Sir Gus O’Donnell is to be the new Cabinet Secretary. So much for the fiction that the civil service wants to recognise and promote civil servants who "deliver" public services. Gus is a great guy, and is no … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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