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Friday 20 Jul 2018 | 01:42 | SYDNEY

Aid & development linkage


Danielle Cave


19 May 2010 09:12

  • Two of the world's most influential thinkers on open data and innovations in development & governance will take part in a World Bank-hosted webcast discussion on 'The Changing World — A New Mindset for a Multipolar World' on 21 May. Hans Rosling of GAPMINDER is paired with Beth Noveck, Director of President Obama's Open Government Initiative. Noveck is the author of 'Wiki Government', about the use of social networking technology to connect people to policymakers.
  • The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) gave a sneak preview of its green economy report, to be published in October. The report claims that if the world remained on its path of over-fishing, by 2050 all fish stocks could be uneconomic to exploit or actually extinct. The Japanese and Spanish governments, as well as the EU, have been singled out by environmentalists for criticism. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, writes that we need to evolve a new attitude to our seas.
  • The Pacific Island region's vast oceans are among the most vulnerable. Governments lack the resources to defend against overfishing, as illustrated by this recent Al Jazeera piece on tuna fishing in PNG and the establishment of a regional tuna cartel.
  • The 1MillionShirts to Africa fiasco went mainstream last week with a lengthy article in TIME magazine. A parallel situation emerged after a Huffington Post article encouraged readers to gather up new or used bras and send them to Uganda. The group 'Ugandans Abroad' was highly unimpressed.
  • Are fragile states failing the Millennium Development Goals or vice versa? There has been significant debate on the dilemmas of fragile states this year, here, here and here. Despite the huge dollars flowing to fragile states, donors are often perplexed by the lack of measurable outcomes. Chris Blattman, via his influential development blog, outlines the three mistakes donors make in fragile states.