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What rich countries should really do...

Pablo has posted already about Nancy Birdsall, Dani Rodrik and Arvind Subramanian's piece from July/August Foreign Affairs. It does sprawl a bit but there are more useful ideas in there than in a bookshelf full of the worthy stuff we development types produce. For instance:

The power of a NYTimes op-ed?

On Tuesday we discussed Tom Standage’s New York Times op-ed challenging us to change our bottled water habits. (See the letters the Times received from readers.)

Wednesday’s USA Today describes Starbuck’s response:

More development scenarios

Scenarios seem to be hot, whether they are aiming at 2020, 2025 or beyond.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has announced they are close to finishing their project looking at the future of water (2030). Previous WBCSD scenarios include: sustainable technology, biotechnology and energy (2050).

Spyglass, spigot, spoon or spanner?

Simon Maxwell of the ODI offers four visions of bilateral aid. The spyglass is dominated by multilateral programs; the spigot is 'one cheque a year'; the spoon concentrates on health and education programs; the spanner picks up infrastructure. (Expect to see this paper on the ODI Blog, but you heard it here first.)

This brief paper got me thinking about other analogies for aid. Spanish omelette? Spandex? Spiral? or Spaghetti?

The "Failed States" index

Failed states have made a remarkable odyssey from the periphery to the very center of global politics.

No kidding. Foreign Policy have published a Failed States index. Check it out. Hat-tip to Marginal Revolution.