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Friday Roundup: ​Sources of Humanitarian Aid, Stolen Girls, First Thousand Days, South Sudan, and New Kaushik Basu Paper

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An April briefing paper from 'Global Humanitarian Assistance' analyzes where humanitarian aid comes from and finds that private donors contributed US$4.1 billion in 2012, representing 24% of the total international response. Over a quarter of all international humanitarian assistance came from private donors between 2008 and 2012. The role of these private donors clearly goes beyond purely financial donations. There is an acknowledged rise for example in corporate partnerships, where expertise, human resources and goods are a given.

'Nigeria's Stolen Girls' is the title of a post by Alexis Okeowo in The New Yorker, describing the case of school girls who were recently kidnapped. Some escaped but others are still captive. This journalistic account starkly describes the fear and suspicion provoked by Boko Haram in that country.

Roger Thurow writes in The Atlantic about why the 1,000 days from pregnancy to child's 2nd birthday is now the biggest idea in development.

The latest in South Sudan from Reuters has President Salva Kiir agreeing to fly to Ethiopia for talks, where he may consider forming a transitional government. 

Kaushik Basu has a new policy research working paper that investigates the role of fiscal guarantees in promoting infrastructure investment.