In the July issue of Vanity Fair Jeffrey Sachs calls for more aid money. This time it's $200 billion a year – about twice the current spending: "it's much cheaper than giving food aid, it's much cheaper than having wars, and it's much cheaper than having mass migration" he says.
The adverse health effects of smoking are old news. Michael Lokshin and Zurab Sajaia (on page 18) examine the habit's less obvious effect on your paycheck.
Some years ago the British Government decided to support a major investment in upgrading education on St Helena. A new secondary school was built - and named after Prince Andrew, who, together with several St Helenians, had served as part of the force sent to deal with the Falklands conflict in 1982. Teachers were sent to the UK for training. Curricula were upgraded. In the late 1980s and early 1990s this was the largest development project in St Helena.
A new solar rechargeable flashlight - backed up by three AA batteries that last up to three years (costing $0.80) - gives up to 7 hours of light.
Bill & Melinda Gates donate $105 million to evaluate which public health programs have the greatest impact and hence deserve more funding.
Creditor rights protection has often been heralded as fostering financial and economic development. Recent research questions this, showing that more creditor-friendly bankruptcy systems result in inefficiently low innovation levels in industries that need it most.