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Aid & development links: Poverty, tractors, Wonder Woman and more



1 November 2016 14:57

  • The Economist discusses why the world should be both encouraged and embarrassed by the latest global poverty figures. It highlights that, were it somehow possible to transfer the right amount of money into the right hands without cost, just $159 billion a year would be needed to end extreme poverty.
  • Kristalina Georgieva, a former head of EU humanitarian affairs and vice-president of the European Commission, has been appointed chief executive of the World Bank. While the title is new, the Guardian highlights that she is effectively replacing former World Bank managing director Sri Mulyani.
  • In response to the UK Department of International Development’s new secretary of state Priti Patel’s apparent ideological opposition to the work of her department, the Guardian has an editorial coming to its defence.
  • Lant Pritchett discusses how even the best anti-poverty programs pale in comparison to the impacts of migration on poverty alleviation.
  • The New York Times writes about a startup in India creating an Uber-style service for tractors.
  • The World Bank has made the median monthly per capita income or consumption for every developing country available on its PovcalNet database. The Center for Global Development's Anna Diofasi and Nancy Birdsall discusses why this is significant.
  • The World Bank’s David Evans does what he does best, providing one-sentence summaries of a swathe of education research in low- and middle-income countries in 2016.
  • After nominating yet another male secretary general, the UN provided a consolation prize by naming Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador. Camilla Burkott and Ashlee Betteridge unpack the announcement.
  • Distinguished Australian public servant Howard Bamsey has been appointed the second executive director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Robin Davies discusses the challenges he will face.
  • Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, has written about the effectiveness of Australian aid for the Australian Council for International Development’s ‘Australia Ahead of the Curve’ series. It has received more than 30 submissions so far.

Photo: Getty Images/Hindustan Times

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