Avoid economists; SA's condom boom; will Holland chop aid this week?; scientists v policy makers v pastoralists on climate change; throwing rocks at Kony 2012 in Uganda: links I liked

the next World Bank pres should not be an economist and Urban Dictionary defines ‘economist’  in a pretty unfriendly way – if you are one, probably best not to click…… “National surveys show the proportion of young South African men aged 16-24 who reported using a condom at their last sexual encounter leaping from 20% in 1999 to 75% in 2009. This, more than an equally dramatic rise in anti-retroviral treatment, is the “most significant factor” in the fall of new infections [of HIV]” This week the Netherlands’ aid budget (which has already been cut) goes on the block in the government’s spending cuts negotiations. Click here if you want to see why cutting aid is a bad idea (and do a bit of lobbying via twitter). ODI’s Tristan Stubbs discusses the ‘chaotic conversation’ (try dialogue of the deaf?) between climate scientists and policy makers from a ‘knowledge cafe’ event (what on earth is that? I prefer the greasy spoon variety, myself) What do Kenya’s pastoralists think is happening to their climate? The Guardian describes two very contrasting approaches to improving rice yields – ducks paddling in the paddy v high tech transformation of the rice plant’s method of photosynthesis More on Kony 2012 from Al Jazeera, which is rapidly eclipsing all other news channels on development. AJ has set up a map of Ugandans’ texted votes for or against the video (they don’t seem to like it much in Kampala, but the North is more divided). But what happened when the video was screened in Northern Uganda? Puzzlement turned to anger and rock-throwing [h/t Tom Murphy]. And h/t to Matt at Aid Thoughts for posting this extraordinary Invisible Children Kony 2012 video – the high school dance version. Watch til at least 2 minutes and you will never be able to take them seriously again, promise. Sublimely ridiculous. And I checked, it isn’t a spoof.]]>

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2 Responses to “Avoid economists; SA's condom boom; will Holland chop aid this week?; scientists v policy makers v pastoralists on climate change; throwing rocks at Kony 2012 in Uganda: links I liked”
  1. P Baker

    Interesting testimonials from Kenya on climate.
    A question for Oxfam: these zones seem to be turning to desert, so when do you stop assisting them as cattle herders and suggest they must either change or abandon? E.g. change to camels, encourage cacti as camel fodder and adopt Bedouin life-styles?

  2. Jo

    Perhaps whoever wrote the unflattering description of an economist on urban dictionary had read The Economist’s article on falling HIV rates in South Africa and been offended by the, IMO, ridiculous statement that higher levels of HIV and (apparently) promiscuity amongst black people have little to do with poverty and can instead be attributed to ‘black culture’…

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