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Now that a bipartisan group of U.S. senators and the president have made specific proposals to reform immigration law, you’ll see months of controversy. As is frequent in politics, the most controversial policy step will be among the least important.
The European Development Fund audit body just came out with a report that suggested its aid funding on roads had been less successful than expected because a lot of them were falling apart due to heavy traffic and insufficient maintenance. So this seems like a good moment to revisit the sectoral aid effectiveness debate.
As 2012 winds down, it's time once again to look back at the most popular posts to our Views from the Center blog. Surprisingly, posts on the selection process for the World Bank president accounted for four of the top 10.
Republicans in the US House of Representatives have proposed a step toward immigration reform. The bill would change who can receive an annual block of 55,000 US permanent resident visas. Currently those visas go to people from countries with relatively low rates of immigration to the US via a lottery system. The new bill would close that program and reallocate the visas toward people earning doctorates in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Although President Obama will be plenty busy during the remainder of his first term working with Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff, he need not wait until the start of his second term to further his vision for making US policy more supportive of global poverty reduction.
Last week saw the opening meeting of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda –AKA the HiPoPoDomAe. That’s the body set up by the UN Secretary General to mull what follows on from the Millennium Development Goals. There’s a brief round-up of some of what was said here. Reports of the discussion, some wonderful meetings in London two weeks ago, and recent interventions from Ben Leo at the ONE campaign as well as the WEF Global Agenda Council on Benchmarki
Yesterday I discovered a development organization so revolutionary, most people wouldn’t even call it a development organization. It’s a non-profit called the Independent Agricultural Worker Center (CITA).
CITA is a matchmaker between farms and seasonal agricultural workers. The farms are in the United States; almost all of the workers are in Mexico. CITA brings them together and unleashes the vast economic power of labor mobility for development.
A few weeks ago, I started a weekly blog/column in Businessweek, “Small World.” This week’s piece is about the negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership and the opportunity it presents for the US to use trade talks to level the playing field for anti-smoking efforts. That rather than the traditional approach: helping manufacturers of the only consumer product that kills if used as directed ope