Brit aid rocks; economists’ letters; out of order; gods v condoms; what did dev pundits get wrong?; carbon taxes; land grabs + bent pols in Malaysia: links I liked

I generally tweet links these days (@fp2p if you want to follow), but for the untwittered, here are a few recent highlights: A wonderful (and politically inexplicable) thing happened last week. Amid gloom and austerity, the UK government kept to its promises and increased aid to 0.7% of national income – the first G8 country […]

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The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Synthesis > novelty in a big new UN report.

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The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Synthesis > novelty in a big new UN report.

Of the big reports that spew forth from the multilateral system, some break new ground in terms of research or narratives, while others usefully recap the latest thinking on a given issue. Last week’s 2013 Human Development Report, The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World, falls into the latter category, pulling […]

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Kevin Watkins on inequality – required reading

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Brazil v South Africa: what can the BRICS tell us about overcoming inequality?

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On inequality, let’s do the Palma (because the Gini is so last century)

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How to build local government accountability in South Africa? A conversation with partners

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When it comes to closing down Google Reader, I'm with Hitler

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When it comes to closing down Google Reader, I’m with Hitler

I start most days catching up on the news via Google Reader. Anything new from all my favourite wonk gurus, handily collected together, to be read for subsequent blogging and tweeting. So of course they’re shutting it down. Grrrrrrr. Let me know when the campaign begins [h/t Chris Blattman]

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Doing a big Alaska: the case for a global social protection fund

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