What rights will EU citizens in the UK lose?

This is a good round-up of the rights that EU citizens living in the UK seem likely to lose, notwithstanding the government’s protestations that their rights will be largely unchanged.

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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 »

Supporting our overseas workers (student loans edition)

It is time to change the British government rule which make the children of aid workers ineligible for student finance. Read the full post »
UK PM David Cameron visits a 'UK AID' facility in Wiltshire. He stands in a warehouse with boxes marked UK AID.

Is the UK putting its own interests ahead of the poor in its new aid strategy?

Britain’s new aid strategy has important implications, not only for DFID but for international organisations who will either need to adapt or face losing some of their core funding. Here’s why. Read the full post »

Vague about the Constitution

There was nothing unconstitutional about yesterday's decision by the House of Lords. Read the full post »
An old wooden chest on a beach

Financing for development – where the treasure is buried

We won’t get development from global and domestic “tax and spend” alone. We should be focusing more on the huge untapped wealth locked up by policies and behaviour which distort the global economy, creating massive economic, environmental, and welfare losses for most of the world’s population. Read the full post »
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 »
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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 »

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 »
Daron Acemoglu, Jim Robinson, Owen Barder

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. Read the full post »
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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. Read the full post »
DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - MAY 27, 2011 : British Prime Minister David Cameron in press conference during G8 - Deauville, France on May 27 2011

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. Read the full post »
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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. Read the full post »
Protesters with placards outside the UK High Court, 1994

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. Read the full post »
a needle and golden thread

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. Read the full post »
The Statue of Liberty, with blue sky and white cloud behind

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. Read the full post »
The World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC

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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