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Aid & development links: Irma, ethics and gun making, privatised school management and more

This week's links also include world league tables for development commitment and rethinking women's household power.

Photo: Flickr/ Karl-Ludwig Poggemann
Photo: Flickr/ Karl-Ludwig Poggemann
Published 11 Sep 2017   Follow @jonathan_pryke

  • Hurricane Irma has battered the Caribbean and Florida, Aid workers in Haiti and the Dominican Republic have described the situation as ‘overwhelming’.
  • The Centre for Global Development has released its annual Commitment to Development Index, which ranks 27 rich countries in how well their policies (not just aid flows) help spread global prosperity to the developing world. A blog summary is available here. Australia comes 17th in the list, wedged between Canada and, tied in the 19th spot, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
  • The Centre for Global Development has also conducted a randomised control trial of the Liberian government’s attempt to contract out management of its public schools system. Preliminary results show that both learning outcomes and costs went up.
  • Researchers from the Innovations for Poverty Action argue it’s time to rethink how to measure women’s household decision-making power.
  • Heckler & Koch, a German weapons manufacturer, has 'quietly adopted the most ethical sales policy of any gun maker in the world', according to The Guardian. The company has pledged to no longer sell weapons into warzones or to countries that violate corruption and democracy standards.
  • Priyanker Sunder provides a summary of a new report by World Vision Australia titled 'Aid for Inclusive Trade: New thinking for Australia’s Aid for Trade Agenda'.
  • The ABC has fact checked some recent tweets from Labor Senator Sam Dastayari that linked Australia’s foreign aid budget to private expenditure on pets in Australia.  

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