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Withdrawing the claws from data: a new year's proposal for the private and development sectors

Now, here's a mash-up that got me really excited. Mapecos provides information on the environmental performance of more than 20,000 industrial facilities across the US. Interestingly, government data on toxic pollution for each facility are displayed side by side with the data provided by the facilities' managers themselves.

Africa and the oil price

From the FT:

Surveying 13 non-oil-producing African countries, including South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Senegal, the [International Energy Agency] found that the increase in the cost of oil bought by the countries since 2004 was equivalent to 3 per cent of combined GDP.

This was more than the sum of debt relief and aid received over the past three years by the countries, which have a combined population of 270m, of whom 104m live on less than $1 a day.

Presidential Candidates and Global Development (II)

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We already mentioned the Democratic Presidential Candidates' plans for Global Development if elected President (or when elected President, as one of them prefers to say).

At the ONE campaign's website "On the Record", you can check and compare the candidates' (Democratic and Republican) pledges.


Does poverty kill?

The relationship between poverty and infant mortality is well known. But does it also hold for adults?

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo from the MIT Poverty Action Lab studied the data from 15 countries to find out if "the poor die more in developing countries."

See also their earlier study on how the very poor spend their money.

Smaller firms seek links up the chain

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SME representatives came together in Kampala last month for a workshop hosted by the World Bank Institute and its partners, including the Africa Capacity Building Foundation and Enterprise Uganda. The focus was managing company social and environmental impacts.

Few takers for bank accounts at $700 apiece

It takes over $700 to open a checking account in Cameroon - more than the country's per capita GDP. In 10 percent of countries surveyed in a World Bank report, a person must have an equivalent of at least 50 percent of per capita GDP to open an account.