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Organizations, not countries, deliver aid

Laurence Carter's picture

There is much talk - rightly - about improving development effectiveness. In Bill Easterly's excellent book The White Man's Burden, he points out that many aid organizations have multiple objectives without accountability, lack a culture of measurement and focus on high visibility activities rather than those with greater pay-offs - e.g. AIDS treatment rather than prevention.

St Helena musings: on diversification

Laurence Carter's picture

In the 1850s, St Helena's capital, Jamestown, was one of the busiest ports in the world with 1,000-1,500 ships passing through each year. East Indiamen stopping on their journey home to England, American whalers revictualling after hunting sperm whales in the Southern Ocean, and Royal Navy ships intercepting slavers making the run between West Africa and the Caribbean - and dropping the freed slaves off in St Helena to recover - all meant that Jamestown was well known in shipping circles.

Dams and development

The World Bank's lead dam specialist Alessandro Palmieri believes that the Bumbuna hydropower project, in post-conflict Sierra Leone, exemplifies the right way to implement stakeholder involvement in hydropower projects.

Aceh Diary: Handing over the torch

Having returned to Washington DC in time for summer – lots of sun, heat, and humidity – the weather feels like I never left Aceh. I still sometimes find myself amazed and almost giddy from enjoyment of the bacteria-free hot water for showers and baths, a stable supply of electricity, the absence of dengue/malarial mosquitoes and regularly recurring stomach ailments.

The company of the future

Michael Jarvis's picture

What will tomorrow’s corporate giants look like? The rapid rise of world-beating firms from emerging economies ranging from hi-tech to extractives sectors, is already prompting changes in corporate strategy to stay ahead of the game. Now, a UK-based think tank, Tomorrow’s Company, has teamed with leading firms to launch an inquiry addressing core questions on the future role of business in society.

Scenarios: disaster response and the media

Strong Angel III (SA III) is a disaster response event/project/conference going on this week in San Diego. Blogging from the event is Sanjana Hattotuwa from ICT for Peacebuilding.

PSD Blog co-founder is a TV star!

He was too modest to tell you himself, but this blog's co-founder may well be the next economist crossover star. Tim Harford, everyone's favorite Undercover Economist, is in the midst of a 4-week special on the BBC2. "Trust Me I'm an Economist" applies the lessons of economics to everyday problems with love, work and more.

Links for World Water Week

In honor of World Water Week in Stockholm, check out this brand-new report from the International Water Management Institute on the relationship between water scarcity, agricultural production methods and global trade patterns. The comprehensive assessment of water management in agriculture gives the following optimistic assessment (and then immediately recognizes the political impossibilities):

Environmental issues - environmental answers?

As IUCN kicks off its month long on-line debate on the future of sustainability with a 'pretty depressing litany of woes' penned by its Chief Scientist, where to turn for salvation? Why to nature, of course (albeit with some interference from the planet's dominant species).


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