development

NASA on Mars vs. Development in Africa?

Better late than never, I’m about to start reading “Dead Aid“, Dambisa Moyo’s much touted book. I’ve already read a few blog posts and reviews – some about her, some about her book – and the Guardian’s “An evening with Dambisa Moyo” seemed worth a look. In an otherwise downbeat review, one statement stood out a mile.

US Aid Reshuffling on Haiti Shows the Need for a Contingency Disaster Fund for Humanitarian Relief

The lead agency in charge of foreign humanitarian assistance is facing across the board cuts to pay for its efforts in Haiti.

The Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the lead American agency on humanitarian relief efforts like the one underway in Haiti. The problem is, it is just one office within the relatively small U.S.

Revisiting the topic of Girls and ICTs: Tech Salon Discussions

I recently had the honor of leading a group of tech, development and gender folks in a discussion around Girls and ICTs at the Technology Salon.  The conversation revolved around 5 aspects I wrote about in an earlier blog post On Girls and ICTs:

Defense Contractors and International Development – What’s Going on Here?

Last week, it was announced that DynCorp – a major private security firm - had acquired an international development company. What does that mean for U.S. foreign assistance policy?

Last week, it was announced that DynCorp – a major private security firm - had acquired Casals Associates, an international development company.

CSI: Turtle Bay

Or, perhaps, "CSI: Aquatic." Investigators at the UN use forensic science to combat illegal fishing. Poachers beware.

The Food and Agriculture Organization recently held a workshop in Rome to discuss best forensic practices to combat the illegal fishing trade that threatens to decimate the livelihood and primary protein source of millions around the world. 

UNESCO Protecting Haiti's Heritage

UNESCO announced today that it is launching a campaign to protect the cultural heritage of Haiti, which will be an indispensable element in reconstruction.

UNESCO announced today that it is launching a campaign to protect the cultural heritage of Haiti.  Amid the carnage, this may seem like a low priority, but, as Director General Irina Bokova explained:

Agriculture, Hunger, and Globalization

Mauritius wants farmland in Mozambique, multinationals are supporting small farmers, and the countries best at fighting hunger support either privatization or increased government control over commodity prices.

Global concern over hunger is on the rise, and agriculture is getting a lot of attention in a lot of ways. Most recently, Mauritius wants to lease farmland in Mozambique, multinationals are supporting small farmers, and the countries best at fighting hunger support either privatization or increased government control over commodity prices.

The Obama Administration's First Year in International Development Policy

One year in, what has President Obama accomplished in US foreign assistance? So far, we’ve seen a lot of delays and a handful of impressive promises.

One year in, what has President Obama accomplished in US foreign assistance? So far, we’ve seen a lot of delays and a handful of promises. They’re good promises, but it’s going to take at least another year before we see how well those promises are kept.
The Delays

Doing Food Aid Better

The Center for Global Development ran an editorial on their blog today, calling for better financing for food aid.

The Center for Global Development ran an editorial on their blog today, calling for better financing for food aid. They argue that the current year-by-year system makes it hard for relief agencies to build their capacity, and leads to long delays in providing food aid when it is most needed. They make an excellent point.

Should We Be Vacationing in Haiti Right Now?

Cruise ships continue to dock on Haiti’s north coast. Is that morally acceptable?

Royal Caribbean cruise ships continue to dock at Labadee on Haiti’s north coast. Some passengers are frightened and upset by this, and media outrage is already starting.

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