A new, open source, distributed identity management service called OpenID is making waves in the online community. We need user-centric, trusted identity management system, and this could be it.
On Friday I visited a school, clinic and vocational training centre in Burkina Faso in a village in Bazega province, about an hour south of Ougadougou. La Fondation pour le Développement Communautaire de Burkina Faso supports government schools and clinics, and it operates an agricultural training college. The programme in schools aims to increase school [...]
I have just learned from DFID's Chief Economist, Tony Venables, that the grain required to fill a 25-gallon SUV gas tank with ethanol will feed one person for a year.
The British High Court has ruled that Zambia has to make substantial payments on its debt now held by Donegal International, based in the British Virgin Islands. Donegal International is a so-called vulture fund - that is, a financial organization that buys at a discount bonds that are very unlikely to be repaid, and then [...]
I heard Des Smith on the BBC this morning. He said: "I was literally hung out to dry by Tony Blair" It seems he said the same to the Scotsman. I find it hard to believe that he was literally hung out to dry. Metaphorically, perhaps? You would think a former head teacher would know [...]
The BBC is considering changing its "listen again" service to include Digital Rights Management so that it can only be used by people using a recent version of Windows: The only system that currently provides this security is Windows Media 10 and above. Further, the only comprehensively deployed operating system that currently supports Windows Media [...]
This week's Economist has a stupid article about vaccinations for diseases in poor countries. The print edition (page 67) says: Amid the figures cited in Rome, one stood out. It was Ghana's per capita health budget, calculated by the World Bank at $31 per day. If only! Ghana's public health budget is in fact $31 [...]
The Financial Post reports that the Canadian Senate has challenged the future of the Canadian development agency "Given the failure of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Africa over the past 38 years to make an effective foreign aid difference, the government of Canada should conduct an immediate review of whether or not this [...]
Chris McGreal has a piece in the Guardian today about DFID's work in Africa. (Disclosure: I work for DFID). Chris McGreal says: The result, say DFID officials in Africa, is that they are able to direct large amounts of money to areas of greatest need, including putting millions of pounds directly into government budgets. Speaking [...]
Rogue development aid by Moisés Naím: States like China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela have the cash and the will to reshape the world into a place very unlike the one where we want to live. By pushing their alternative development model, such states effectively price responsible aid programs out of the market exactly where [...]