Emily Yates-Doerr is a Veni Laureate and assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She currently is studying a United Nations initiative to improve Read More
Part 3 of Global Health Now’s “Untold Global Health Story of 2015.” An excerpt: “By May, Wourgaft and a Sudanese surgeon, Ahmed Fahal, hope to Read More
Half of scotch whisky is sold in China and North America. Should the profits of whisky companies be taxed in Scotland, where the whisky is made, or in China and North America, where half of it is sold? Where exactly is the profit on these sales made? Now ask yourself the same question about the profits made by Google, which sells advertisements in Europe on websites built in in the US using technology designed in the US. Companies are generally taxed on their profits, which are defined as revenues minus costs.* That’s reasonably clear in the old world, in which revenues and costs happened mainly in the same place
A tiny minority of London motorists get grumpy with cyclists if we don’t move over to the far left of the lane. There are several reasons why it is safer for cyclists to be in the middle of the lane: When cyclists are in the middle of the lane, drivers can see them more quickly and are more aware of them. Cars sometimes pull out from side roads and driveways into the road without noticing that there is a cyclist on the inside. If the cyclist is in the middle of the lane they have more time to swerve. Pedestrians sometimes step off the pavement into the path of bikes.
Bill Gates and the UK government announce $3bn plan to eradicate malaria (2016 edition) Bill Gates and the UK government announce $3bn to eradicate malaria (2008 edition) – (note plan to eradicate by 2015) The post Will we be the first generation to eradicate malaria? appeared first on Owen abroad.
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One of my blog posts (with Kim Elliott) ended up on the desk of (then) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as revealed in the latest batch of published emails. I am not sure if you can call this influence, since we didn’t manage to get the policy agreed (yet). The post When the US Secretary of State reads your blog posts appeared first on Owen abroad.
This week’s Economist looks at the risks in the new UK aid strategy. It quotes me: The promotion of British interests in the 1980s led to projects that made little sense in economic or development terms, says Owen Barder of the Centre for Global Development, a think tank. There is a danger that, to make clear that aid benefits British interests, it could end up duplicating global programmes. Although short-term political interests can coincide with the needs of poor countries—funding for research into climate change and public health, for instance, can be funnelled to British universities and firms—greater transparency and oversight are needed to stop spending on projects simply because they are politically expedient.
Here are two facts that help to put things in perspective. First, by the end of today, the average Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company will have been paid more than the average employee earns all year. Second, by the end of today, the same average employee will have been paid more than the average Ethiopian earns all year. The post Fat cats appeared first on Owen abroad.
Our friends Jill and Gary Campbell have lived in Ethiopia for more than 20 years. Gary ran a business which managed construction projects, while Jill taught in the international school. Jill also set up and ran the Addis Ababa Food Run, providing food, support and shelter to homeless people, for which she was awarded the MBE in 2014 (see photo above). Their children, Joshua and Hanna, who are also British citizens, left Ethiopia this summer after finishing their International Baccalaureate exams and securing places at Swansea and Loughborough Universities respectively. But Joshua and Hanna have been told that they do not qualify for a student loan from the UK government, because they have not lived in the UK for three years