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Aid and development links: NZ’s aid program, transparency, the poverty line and more

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Secretary-General Elhadj As Sy (Photo: UN Geneva/Flickr)



30 October 2017 17:33

  • New Zealand’s new government should redesign its aid program, argues Terence Wood.
  • Jacob Stone and I wrote on the importance of technology in aid transparency. We argue that better and clearer reporting mechanisms, improved coordination, and greater accountability could foster more efficient aid delivery.
  • The UN Development Programme’s Asia-Pacific Director Haoliang Xu explains to Devex why and how the UNDP needs to adapt to the new dynamic of the region.
  • Elhadj As Sy, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, argues that the international community is failing to face the gravity of Myanmar’s Rohingya situation. 
  • This paper from the Overseas Development Institute explains why the relocation of light manufacturing operations from China in response to rising Chinese wages is an opportunity for developing countries in Africa and Asia to secure more than 25 million jobs.
  • In contrast, this piece from the Center for Global Development’s Vijaya Ramachandran suggests that labour cost per worker in Africa is still too high to justify a relocation of Chinese manufacturing plants. Similarly, Dani Rodick argues that industrialisation is no longer a sufficient factor for economic development.
  • A ‘dollar a day’ used to be the World Bank standard to define the poverty line around the globe. However, this month the Bank announced it will now routinely calculate and report multiple international poverty lines. According to NPR’s Malaka Gharib, the new numbers offer a better way to measure poverty in middle-income countries.
  • Despite UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s comment of a possible merger of the UK’s Foreign Office and the Department for International Development, Development Secretary Secretary Priti Patel has rejected the speculation, affirming that her department is a ‘standalone government department’.

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