Dump Doha; dictators v growth; DFID's contradictions; BRIC diplomacy; Zambia v Glencore on tax; brain drain v workers' rights; Gulabi Gang in pink saris: links I liked

First some housekeeping: if you’ve posted a comment on this blog, and find it hasn’t appeared, apologies – it’s nothing personal – the spam filter has been eating a few comments recently. To be on the safe side, just email a copy of the comment to me (dgreen@oxfam.org.uk). Dani Rodrik and Martin Wolf on why we need to give up on the Doha Round of trade talks Bill Easterly mulls over the complex links between autocracy and economic performance “Value for money is not compatible with increasing aid to ‘fragile states'” –  Madeleine Bunting points out that DFID’s two big ideas are contradictory BRICS slot: Interesting discussion on Global Dashboard – should the BRICS demonstrate their new power by intervening in Libya? And is China having second thoughts about its increasingly muscular diplomacy? Some good tax campaigning in Zambia – and the target is a subsidiary of the mining-giant-in-the-news, Glencore Nice counterblast from Michael Clemens against the idea that the US is ‘stealing’ African health workers to work in its hospitals ‘”Not only is it a curse to be a Dalit, but it is just as difficult being a woman”.These are the words of a member of an extraordinary citizens group, the Gulabi Gang, which fights for the rights of the poor, Dalit and non-Dalit alike. “Gulabi” means pink, and the gang’s female members are distinguished by the bright pink saris they wear. The Gulabi Gang was set up by Sampat Pal Devi, an ordinary mother desperate to tackle the discrimination experienced by women around her.’ And even there’s even a support group here [h/t Swati Narayan] ]]>

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