MDG narratives; Barder v Bono; the world's forests; aid data crunching; Ha-Joon Chang fanclub; dictators and growth; the girl effect: links I liked

three competing development narratives at work: the big heave; accountability; inequality. Owen also spells out why a dollar of trade is not better than a dollar of aid, whatever Mr and Mrs Bono say An excellent (and occasionally optimistic) Economist special report on the world’s forests Handy data crunching from the Guardian’s new development portal: Which countries gave the most aid for the Pakistan floods? And a funky visual representation of where British aid money goes Fellow members of the Ha-Joon Chang fan club should check out his new personal website, with podcasts, papers, reviews etc  and this ‘in praise’ editorial in the Guardian, based on his new book, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism  Does autocracy lead to higher growth? Yes, and also to lower growth – autocracies have much higher variance of growth rates, so they have both the best and the worst growth rates And finally, the girl effect, as designed by Nike’s marketing team. Superficially seductive, as you’d expect, but where’s the politics and power? Remember patriarchy? For a sharp parody, see here [h/t John Magrath] ]]>

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6 Responses to “MDG narratives; Barder v Bono; the world's forests; aid data crunching; Ha-Joon Chang fanclub; dictators and growth; the girl effect: links I liked”
  1. Whoa whoa, Owen’s argument is that export earnings are not necessarily comparable to development assistance in terms of added value, but that’s not quite the same thing as saying “a dollar of trade is worse than a dollar for aid.” You get different things for those dollars.

  2. Paolo

    Owen’s clarifications of definitions of % and export earnings as compared to net benefits of exports is very helpful.
    When it comes to compare exports with aid though, it’d be better perhaps to look at rates of return from US$1 invested in export and US$1 in aid.

  3. Lauren

    If I remember rightly, Nike’s ‘Girl Effect’ was shown at an Oxfam trading conference- am I missing something?
    In terms of spelling out the ‘right’ way to ‘do’ development its not great- in terms of getting people (ordinary people from ordinary jobs)to sit up, take notice and be moved by gender inequality- it works a treat.
    Duncan: don’t think you’re missing anything Lauren – it’s the video that is missing things, namely the kinds of political process needed to change gender power imbalances. It makes it sound like the exclusion of women is some kind of unfortunate oversight, rather than the result of history and social structures.

  4. Lauren

    Yes, I see what you mean. Although explaining these things to people can be very challenging. I suppose it’s the old debate arising surrounding the depths of explanation needed in campaiging on social issues that aren’t ever simple or easy to tell. And the day I see Nike use the words ‘patriarchy’ or even ‘feminism’ in their media I’ll eat my hat!