Bill loves Robin; gender matters; lifestyle diseases; political economy; who reads blogs?; top mimics; land grab showdown: links I liked

Bill Gates backs the Robin Hood Tax in his report to President Sarkozy A flurry of activity around gender and development, following publication of the WDR on gender and inequality. ‘The Elders’, (an independent group of global leaders like Desmond Tutu, not something out of Lord of the Rings) lobbied the UN General Assembly last week on the issue of child marriage – new website here. See previous blog on Yemen, one of the few countries still not to have a legal minimum age for marriage. Ban Ki Moon also launched a progress report on the first anniversary of the ‘Every Woman Every Child’ campaign on women and children’s health.   ‘Over 80 percent of cardiovascular deaths, 90 percent of deaths from respiratory disease, and 67 percent of all cancers occur in NCDs economic burden and fatalitiesdeveloping countries. Rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure in the developing world are also skyrocketing. By 2008, 29 percent of deaths under the age of 60 in low- and middle-income countries were caused by non-communicable diseases, compared to13 percent in the developed world’. The Council for Foreign Relations reviews the rise of non-communicable diseases in poor countries. More from the Economist (including this graphic, which puts the economic burden on developing countries at $7.3 trillion over the next 15 year) and the results of last week’s high level UN meeting on such ‘lifestyle diseases’ are here. Don’t normally plug particular jobs, but Brandeis is one of my favourite US universities for development studies, and is seeking applicants for a faculty position in the ‘political economy of sustainable development’, which sounds like a really important appointment. (see last year’s polemic on Harvard v LSE to see why it matters).  The initial analysis of the results of the big development blog survey that some of you may have filled in are in – nearly 2,000 people replied so the results are worth looking at. Two thirds have a Masters or higher – scary how much education you need to read a blog these days. OK, this has nothing to do with development, but the most amazing mimic in the bird world does camera shutters, car alarms, chain saws and kookaburras. You’ve got to hear this. [h/t Grandiloquent Bloviator] Al Jazeera coverage of the land grabs paper I posted on last week, with Oxfam’s Kate Geary going head to head with the New Forests Company over its Uganda land deal (glad it wasn’t me – I really hate the adversarial slots, even if they do make good telly). ]]>

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