- Aid agencies and governments beginning to ramp up their responses to the Philippines typhoon disaster.
- New US$1 billion Chinese concessional package for the Pacific announced in Guangzhou. Analysis by the Lowy Institute's Philippa Brant to follow.
- UN Climate COP opens in Warsaw today, with no Australian Minister in attendance, the first time Australia has not sent a government minister to the climate change negotiations in 16 years. Former UNFCC chief Yvo de Boer called the move 'puzzling', with the Labor Environment spokesperson labelling it 'an embarrassment on the world stage'.
- A climate-change and environmental risk atlas.
- Satirical open letter to Tony Abbott on 'How to Hijack an AID program', from Canadian Ian Smilie. (Thanks Melissa Stewart)
- Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop provides some insight into the aid priorities of the Abbott government in her 30 October speech to ACFID’s Annual Council; infrastructure, education and training, particularly for women and girls, were some highlights.
- A lot of aid doesn’t work. Charles Kenny suggests reform in response to the arguments in new books by Angus Deaton and Bill Easterly. An FT interview with Deaton:
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