I've made some design changes to this blog. For those who are interested, here are the details.
How to manage a lot of email, using (mainly free) tools in Outlook. Shows how to keep a "zero inbox". An approach loosely based on Getting Things Done.
It drives me crazy that so many people equate development policy with foreign aid.
Press reports about the NAO report on DFID budget management in 2013 are wholly misleading. DFID actually comes out of the report pretty well. There is a cautionary tale here for DFID, but it isn’t about the way it manages its budget. It is that the sharks are circling, and they do not seem to be very interested in the facts.
With immigration policy potentially in flux, this might be a good time to think about how migration policies can make a more positive contribution to development.
Reflections on the thirtieth anniversary of becoming a vegetarian
I gave evidence this morning to the LSE Diplomacy Commission, which "seeks to understand Britain's place in the world and make recommendations for the future strategy of British foreign policy." I was part of a group of panelists (all much more eminent than me) which was asked to speak for 5 minutes on the question [...]
The lessons of Ebola: first, set sensible cost-effectiveness thresholds for investments in global health, and so increase our willingness to invest; second, make an Advance Market Commitment to accelerate the development of new vaccines, for Ebola and for other neglected diseases.