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The World Food Program (WFP) has just released its annual Food Aid Monitor with data for 2005 on where food aid comes from and where it goes. At the top, there are no surprises: The U.S. is by far the largest donor, providing 4.0 million of the 8.2 million tons of total food aid.
Milan Vaishnav, a former CGD research assistant and current Columbia PhD candidate, has sent the following intriguing observations from Bolivia, where he is conducting research for CGD's Engaging Fragile States initiative:
Zimbabwe's bankrupt regime has been consistent about one thing: the repeated claim that a big recovery is right around the corner. Of course, instead the economy just continues to implode, and now Zimbabweans are back to an average income not seen since the 1940s. President Robert Mugabe has just given an interview where he stuck to the same old script:
The importance of involving communities and civil society organizations in development features prominently in the discourse of international agencies. Community involvement is vital, we hear, to reforming dysfunctional education systems, fighting disease, and overcoming corruption. But we hear much more about communities than from them.
A 19-nation poll conducted for the BBC and released on the eve of the G-8 Summit in St. Petersburg finds huge majorities worried about climate change and other negative impacts of the ways that energy is produced and used, and supportive of government actions to address these risks. In countries as different as the U.S., Russia, Kenya and Brazil, majorities express concern that current energy policies pose the triple threats of harming the Earth’s climate, destabilizing the global economy, and sparking conflict and wars.
I had the good luck to again attend this year's Aspen Ideas Festival last week -- the second annual gathering of what I predict will become a healthy competitor to Davos. As at Davos, most participants pay (though much less and they need not be CEOs), and some are put to work on panels and presentations. The objective is to foment and celebrate ideas - an important difference from Davos, where networking seems to be at a premium.
In "The Bride Price," a compelling feature in Sunday's New York Times, correspondent Barry Bearak and photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair (photo featured in this post) focus on the all-too-common phenomenon of early marriage in
At a CGD event (presentation slides available) earlier today, Koos Richelle, Director General of the European Commission’s EuropeAid, laid out the priorities of his organization, the fifth largest source of development assistance, with refreshing candor and humor.