President Obama says “mutual accountability” will now underpin America’s foreign aid. He called on rich donor nations at the recent Millennium Development Goals (MDG) summit to “commit to the same transparency that we expect of others.”
Pakistan’s horrific floods have been compounded by horrific mismanagement and then by regulations that make it harder to save the victims and start reconstruction. The solution is more freedom, not more restrictions, says this widely-experienced Pakistani economist and consultant – citing practical precedents.
On August 19, Nick Clegg discussed the government's planned "Green Deal", announcing the launch of a low carbon business support programme which the Government hopes will lead to the creation of 10,000 new jobs and 1,000 firms. Maybe it will – but how many jobs will be lost, or not created? And what will all these “green” jobs cost our children?
UNAIDS has inflated its HIV/AIDS figures for years and now claims the natural decline of AIDS as a victory (it started before UNAIDS was set up): Bill Clinton at the international AIDS conference in Vienna attacked the waste of money but this analyst says UNAIDS should just be shut down. In fact, AIDS is not even the top killer in Africa, let alone anywhere else.
Officials and activists (and a slightly equivocal Bill Clinton) at the recent world AIDS conference in Vienna want a "Robin Hood" tax on financial transactions to fund HIV/AIDS relief. This well-published analyst explains why this is a bad and counter-productive idea.
China has a water crisis, ranging from flood to regular drought, but the Three Gorges Dam did not prevent the current murderous floods and an even bigger project will not guarantee fresh water to the dry north: China needs a dose of Chile.