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Weekly Development Policy News

Click here (opens Google Reader) to access my weekly selection of mainstream news articles covering rich world policies and practices that affect poor people in developing countries.
Last week's development news took a back seat to the ongoing financial turmoil. However, the media that did cover development issues focused on rich countries' environmental impacts on developing countries and the United Nations intervention in fragile states.

What Happened to Japan's Rice Pledge?

Earlier this year, with the food crisis in the daily headlines, the world's leaders made promises -- first in Rome at an FAO gathering in June and then at the G-8 summit in Japan the following month -- to make a concerted effort to provide relief for the world's poor.

Weekly Development Policy News

Click here (opens Google Reader) to access my weekly selection of mainstream news articles covering rich world policies and practices that affect poor people in developing countries.
Last week's development news focused on aid to storm-drenched countries in the Caribbean as well as donor aid contributions to poor countries in other parts of the world.

Accra Agenda for Action: A Few (Small) Steps in the Right Direction

This is a joint posting with Ayah Mahgoub

The Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness held in Accra, Ghana has come to an end, with as many as 1,500 people (officials, advocates, activists) milling and talking. The conference was convened as a follow-up to the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, in which donors and recipients agreed on five major principles to improve foreign aid: recipient country ownership of programs and reforms funded by aid, alignment of donor programs to recipient country priorities, harmonization and coordination between donors, managing for results, and mutual accountability of both donors and recipients for achieving those results.

Battling Our Brains: Psychology, Happiness, and Global Warming

Why are some societies rich and others poor? On this subject, Nobel Laureate Robert Lucas wrote, "The consequences for human welfare involved in questions like these are simply staggering: once one starts to think about them, it is hard to think about anything else." The topic is a fascinating one, no doubt, and legions of social scientists have devoted careers to it. But it is quite secondary to a far more fundamental question: Why are some people happy and others not?

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