Busan washup; lego-relief; supermarket wars; is the Global Fund collapsing?; migration myths; Nandos under fire; economists 4 Occupy: links I liked

the big aid conference in Busan. Headline? China Officially Joins the Donor Club. Another wrap up from the Guardian. Meanwhile on the margins, Jonathan Glennie interviewed Erik Solheim, development minister of one of aid’s unsung heroes: ‘Norway’s model is to pick a few global themes on which it has a “special competence” and expand them globally.’ (pretty much the Scandinavian version of industrial policy as well – Finland started with fishing and timber machinery and ended up with Nokia). Relief by legobrick (see pic) [h/t John Magrath] UNICEF brick ‘[In Brazil] despite the widespread belief that small supermarkets are inefficient and charge higher prices, [a lot of number crunching shows that] they in fact charge lower prices [gated paper, sorry]. Accordingly, in contrast to the prevailing literature on food-retail development, competition in food retail is complex and cannot be described as a simple Darwinian process of market concentration.’ And that doesn’t even discuss the jobs question – small retailers are surely more labour intensive than the big guys. So maybe India was right to postpone letting in Tesco and Walmart and the Economist should rethink its ‘let Walmart in’ editorial? ‘On World Aids Day, the Global Fund is collapsing. No fund means millions more in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond at risk’, Sarah Boseley finds a very big cloud attached to the silver lining of hopes for an ‘AIDS-free generation’. ‘It is hard to make an empirical case that brain drain is hurting many countries.’ Myths about Brain Drain is the latest broadside from the World Bank on migration. Meanwhile, over at CGD, Michael Clemens takes the British Medical Journal to task for some (allegedly) sloppy maths on the brain drain. Sense of humour bypass: Nando’s forced to axe last week’s satirical ad after threats to its staff in Zimbabwe. Shame.  [h/t Claire Newland] Economists stand with the Occupy Wall Street (and everywhere else) protests. Full economists’ statement on the Occupy movement here [h/t Richard Gower] ]]>

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