The Free Exchange column in this week’s Economist discusses the work of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers. Here is the conclusion: Cash does have its problems: in times of emergency, when shops are shut, it may be useless. But if those 20m refugees are to have any hope of a decent life, it should play a far bigger role. You can read the full article online. Here’s a PDF of the article.
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This article by Alex Evans, Alice Lépissier and Owen Barder first appeared in The Guardian on 25 September 2015. It summarises this new CGD Policy Paper by the same authors. What if there were an affordable programme to prevent catastrophic climate change and provide the finance that developing countries need to end poverty by 2030? With summits this week on the sustainable development goals and in December on climate change, this year marks the most significant push on the world’s biggest challenges since 2005, the year of the G8 meeting at Gleneagles and the UN world summit. It’s sobering to compare then with now
The latest Development Drums features Todd Moss, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and a bestselling fiction author. Todd’s books feature Judd Ryker, an analyst working in the US State Department. Todd swears that the character of Ryker is not autobiographical, even though Todd is himself a former senior State Department official who led America’s response to coups and crises in West Africa. In Development Drums, Todd explains why he uses fiction to explore the way that US foreign policy is made, and the attitudes of westerners towards developing countries. He also talks about whether US government response to coups and political crises really are like he describes in his books.
Bestselling author Todd Moss is a former senior State Department official who led America’s response to coups and crises in West Africa. He is also my colleague at the Center for Global Development, where he is a Senior Fellow and Chief Operating Officer. Todd’s first two books feature a fictional hero, Judd Ryker, an analyst in State Department. In The Golden Hour, Ryker is called upon to reverse a coup in Mali (the book was published a few weeks before a real coup in Mali). In the latest book, Minute Zero, Ryker has to handle a political crisis in Zimbabwe.
This article first appeared on the Telegraph Online on 7 September 2015. The tragic reality faced by millions of people fleeing Syrian conflict were driven home this week as we were confronted with images three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who drowned when the boat carrying his family sank. The British public has shown again their instinct for humanity, demanding that we do more to help refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and elsewhere. As politicians try to catch up with the public mood, we should also be asking ourselves another question: how can we do more to help the millions of other refugees that do not attempt the perilous journey to safety on our shores? Britain is already among the most generous donors to humanitarian crises
This blog post first appeared on Views from the Center. This week we mark a poignant anniversary. August 19th was named World Humanitarian Day in memory of the bombing twelve years ago of the UN mission in Iraq, killing 22 people including the UN Special Representative, Sérgio Vieira de Mello. World Humanitarian Day is of course an opportunity to celebrate the courage and professionalism of humanitarian workers and organisations. But it is also an opportunity to think about how the world can do this better
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says that we can be the first generation that ends poverty. With the right investments and policies, we can be the first generation that ends poverty and the last that avoids the worst effects of climate change. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, 10 July 2015 I hope we are the first generation to end poverty; we certainly aren’t the first generation to say that we can do it: We are the first generation in history with ability to eradicate extreme poverty from the planet. The great kings, caliphs and emperors of the past would not have known how to go about it or how to pay for it. Now we basically know what it takes and we have all the required resources.
Everyone agrees that podcasts are back. (See here, here, and here for example.) I’m seeing it in the downloads for Development Drums. There are several possible reasons why this could be happening: a. the great success of “Serial,” the break-out hit podcast in which Sarah Koenig documented an investigation into a real crime; b. the spread of smartphones – which means almost everyone has an MP3 player in their pocket, which they listen to instead of the radio; c. bluetooth-enabled car stereos, which is shifting people from listening to the radio when they drive d.
This blog post by Charles Kenny and me first appeared on the CGD website. New technologies are central to the kind of global progress outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals, and those technologies need to reach people in the developing world who can benefit from them. But “technology transfer” is a terrible way to think about the issues involved — so let’s dump “transfer” from the Addis accord and think of a more constructive framework for technology in development. In a new policy paper, we outline some ideas to help build that framework. An immense number of technologies useful to development, from mobile phones and the Internet to the pneumococcal vaccine, have been developed in the last few decades