Paris declaration is collective colonialism?

Yash Tandon, writing in Business Daily Africa says that that the Paris Declaration on aid is a form of collective colonialism by donors:under the pretext of making aid more effective the Paris Declaration project is a form of collective colonialism by Northern “donors” of those countries in the South that (because of their weakness and [...]

Systems matter: Clinton

Bill Clinton has finally been persuaded that investment in health systems is more important than funding "vertical" initiatives for particular diseases:"That's increasingly in the last few years what our foundation has been focused on - what is the most cost-effective way to mobilise a national health system," Mr Clinton said."You can get the universal treatment [...]

Chronic poverty report – praise from Alex Evans

Alex Evans at Global DashboardI’m currently immersed in writing the main pamphlet for my project on food prices with Chatham House (hence not much posting for the last few days) - but I have to take ten minutes out to sing the praises of the gorgeous piece of writing I’ve been immersed in for the [...]

Fickle donors and unpredictable aid

The Economist has reported a paper by Oya Celasun (IMF) and Jan Walliser (World Bank) which looks at the impact of unpredictable aid:They show how unpredictable such aid flows are. The paper finds that the average absolute difference between aid promised and aid given was equal to 3.4% of each sub-Saharan African nation’s GDP between [...]

Democracy losing ground in Africa?

Democracy is losing ground in Africa - Los Angeles TimesIn addition to disputed presidential elections in Zimbabwe and Kenya, where longtime incumbents refused to cede power after their opponents declared victory at the polls, last year's ruling party victory in Nigeria was widely condemned as flawed. Uganda's president changed the country's constitution to stay in [...]

The UK should help reform the G8 before it is too late

Lawrence MacDonald at the Center for Global Development says we should scrap the G8 Once again the G8 has come up tragically short on climate change and a host of urgent problems affecting poor people in developing countries. Meanwhile, over at Project Syndicate, Jim O'Neill says the G7 and G8 should be reformed by reducing [...]