World Water Day in pics; tobacco as development issue; history of $1 a day; India acts on overpriced drugs; BAe in Tanzania; Zinisha: Links I liked

commemorate world water day. Lots more on the day here and from Oxfam’s West Africa essential services guy here. Another hitherto ‘northern’ issue that development agencies are going to have to start taking seriously – tobacco. ‘Tobacco use killed almost 6 million people last year and was the top cause of death in China, the world’s biggest cigarette market. Four of every five deaths were in low- and middle-income countries. Tobacco-related deaths almost tripled in the past decade amid a 17 percent jump in cigarette production and increased affordability of the cancer-causing products in low-income nations.’ The history of the $1 a day poverty line, and some of its critics concerns, c/o the BBC News magazine. [h/t Development Impact] India joins the small band of countries prepared to issue compulsory licenses to reduce the costs of life-saving medicines, but the pressure from the EU and others is intense. ZinishaSigh. Every silver lining has a cloud. Ben Taylor argues that BAe’s decision to pay up £29.5m to the Tanzanian government as part of a settlement with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) that brought to an end the SFO’s investigation into a sale in 2002 of a $40m (£25m) military radar to the Tanzanian government will prevent corrupt pols being brought to justice and is bad aid in terms of its avowed educational purpose. Anyone know anything about Zidisha (left)? The website seems to offer something like like Grameen Bank meets GiveDirectly and calls itself ‘The first peer-to-peer microlending service to offer direct interaction between lenders and borrowers across the international wealth divide’. According to our in-house finance guru Alan Doran ‘Two new features are competitive bidding on interest rates to lower costs, and direct internet contact between borrower and lenders. But look carefully – borrowers are experienced people with credit histories.’ Update: Reader Dave Algoso reviews their model here.]]>

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