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India shows how hard it is to move beyond fossil fuels - The black hole of coal

India shows how hard it is to move beyond fossil fuels - The black hole of coal | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
DARKNESS is falling as coal starts its long, lawless journey from the pit. The first signs are the cycle-pushing foot-soldiers, such as Ravi Kumar, a 26-year-old whose yellow shirt and grey turban are as coal-smudged as his face and hands.
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Why foreign aid fails – and how to really help Africa

The British government is strikingly generous in foreign aid donation But if money alone were the solution we would be along the road not just to ameliorating the lives of poor people today but ending…
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The world has made great progress in eradicating extreme poverty - Fewer, but still with us

The world has made great progress in eradicating extreme poverty - Fewer, but still with us | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
TO PEOPLE who believe that the world used to be a better place, and especially to those who argue that globalisation has done more economic harm than good, there is a simple, powerful riposte: chart 1, below. In 1981 some 42% of the world’s population were extremely poor, according to the World Bank.
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A world of free movement would be $78 trillion richer

A world of free movement would be $78 trillion richer | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
A HUNDRED-DOLLAR BILL is lying on the ground. An economist walks past it. A friend asks the economist: “Didn’t you see the money there?” The economist replies: “I thought I saw something, but I must have imagined it.
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Avoiding a CAR crash: Helping the Central African Republic avoid another catastrophe | The Economist

Avoiding a CAR crash: Helping the Central African Republic avoid another catastrophe | The Economist | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
HOOPS of razor wire overlooked by guard towers mark the border between order and chaos in Kaga-Bandoro, a market town in the middle of the Central African Republic (CAR).
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World Bank Projects Leave Trail of Misery Around Globe

World Bank Projects Leave Trail of Misery Around Globe | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
In Kenya, the World Bank's in-house Inspection Panel found the bank violated its policies by failing to do enough to protect the Sengwer, an indigenous minority group in Kenya's western forests. Over the past decade, the World Bank has regularly failed to enforce its
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Everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. foreign assistance budget

Everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. foreign assistance budget | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
From helping build wells to helping build armies
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A Surprising Case Against Foreign Aid

A Surprising Case Against Foreign Aid | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
In “The Great Escape,” Angus Deaton presents a history of economic progress, its successes and its pitfalls, and then an argument against foreign aid.
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Why Foreign Aid Is Hurting Africa

Why Foreign Aid Is Hurting Africa | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
Money from rich countries has trapped many African nations in a cycle of corruption, slower economic growth and poverty. Cutting off the flow would be far more beneficial, says Dambisa Moyo.
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Leaving it behind | The Economist

Leaving it behind | The Economist | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
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Great article - a nice little criticism of microfinance and an argument for direct aid programs.

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World Bank: 'extreme poverty' to fall below 10% of world population for first time | Global development | The Guardian

World Bank: 'extreme poverty' to fall below 10% of world population for first time | Global development | The Guardian | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
It projects 702 million people or 9.6% of the world’s population will be living in extreme poverty in 2015, down from 902 million people or 12.8% in 2012
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India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them - Slim pickings

India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them - Slim pickings | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
INDIA’S farmers should be the happiest in the world. For decades governments have showered them with perks including a blanket tax exemption; subsidies on fertiliser, seeds, energy and water for irrigation; low-interest loans; cheap crop insurance; high tariffs to block food imports; and price supports for more than 20 crops.
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India’s missing middle class - The elephant in the room

THE arrival of T.N. Srinath into the middle class will take place in style, atop a new Honda Activa 4G scooter. Fed up with Mumbai’s crowded commuter trains, the 28-year-old insurance clerk will become the first person in his family to own a motor vehicle.
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Aid brought Liberia back from the brink

Aid brought Liberia back from the brink | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
DRIVING through the Liberian countryside, on a rare paved highway, two kinds of roadside sign catch the eye. One advertises local Protestant churches. The other sort advertises the splendid work done by aid agencies.
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Return of the third horseman: Famine menaces 20m people in Africa and Yemen | The Economist

Return of the third horseman: Famine menaces 20m people in Africa and Yemen | The Economist | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
OUTSIDE a thatched hut in Panyijiar, in South Sudan, Nyakor Matoap, a 25-year-old woman, clutches the youngest of her three children. Dressed in a silky emerald shawl, she hides the baby, named Nyathol, underneath its folds. Her other children crowd happily enough around her legs. But the baby is in a bad way.
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When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good

When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
Large projects funded by the bank have left millions of poor people worse off, an investigation found. The bank says the vast majority of its projects don't fall into this category.
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Australia’s ‘New Aid Paradigm’

Australia’s ‘New Aid Paradigm’ | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
Australia’s foreign minister seeks to redefine the nature and direction of the country’s aid policy.
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Should Foreign Aid Be Abandoned or Adapted?

Should Foreign Aid Be Abandoned or Adapted? | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
In his latest book, Angus Deaton, an idol among development data junkies, makes tw
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The Final Countdown: Prospects for Ending Extreme Poverty by 2030 (Interactive)

The Final Countdown: Prospects for Ending Extreme Poverty by 2030 (Interactive) | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
Over one billion people around the world live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $1.25 a day. A new Brookings study examines the prospects for ending poverty by 2030 and the factors that will determine progress toward this goal.
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For Poor Countries, China Is No Model

For Poor Countries, China Is No Model | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
State-centered growth may seem like an answer to popular unrest, but the long-term costs are too high, writes Dambisa Moyo.
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Improving Indian Food Security: Why Prime Minister Modi Should Embrace the World Trade Organization

Improving Indian Food Security: Why Prime Minister Modi Should Embrace the World Trade Organization | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
Joshua Meltzer examines the World Trade Organization's role in increasing India's food security and argues that the recent election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi provides a key opportunity for the country to rationalize its agriculture subsidies.
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Are agricultural subsidies causing more harm than good?

Are agricultural subsidies causing more harm than good? | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
We need to revamp government support to make sure it boosts efficiency, not shrinks it, writes Jason Clay
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$1.4tn a year needed to reach global goals for world's poorest

$1.4tn a year needed to reach global goals for world's poorest | SSSC Politics  Development | Scoop.it
Ambitious targets set by sustainable development goals to better the lives of world’s poorest 700 million people by 2030 come with big price tag, says UN
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