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“Dead Aid” Revisted. Guest Post by Jessie Rust-Smith

A guest post by Jessica Rust-Smith, reviewing Dead Aid, a year after it was published. “One year later, does Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo’s call for the end of aid to Africa still hold sway when the World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa is declaring Africa’s Successes?…..Among her many criticisms of aid are its resulting distortions in African markets, its ability to prop up weak and ineffective governments, and most importantly, its perpetuation of a vicious cycle of aid dependency. She calls for an end to the crippling practice of aid to Africa.”

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Giving by the Numbers

Have you ever wondered what all the statistics you read mean? I’m a very visual learner, I appreciate learning from books that balance text with images, graphics, tables and other visual representations of information. A friend of mine recently pointed out this amazing graphic created by David McCandless at Information is Beautiful.net. Click on the [...]

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Look for Development next to Cosmetics and Beauty

I opened up the August Age issue of Vogue earlier this week to find that within the first few pages of the magazine there were two articles that focused on a public figure discussing their involvement with a charity. Christy Turlington and “It” girl of the moment (according to Vogue) Liya Kebede, in this case [...]

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Top Posts of 2008

A recap seems to be the thing to do in the blogosphere, although I’m a few days too late.  I got my inspiration here: Blood and Milk and Global Health Report.  So, here are the top five most popular posts on my blog in its first year – its a surprising mix! Ethiopian Nativity of [...]

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AIDS 2006 Toronto –> AIDS 2008 Mexico City

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One of the questions that I keep getting asked is how the most recent AIDS conference was from the last one. I met some people at the conference who had been to the last 7 or 8, so they’d be better at describing the conference’s evolution, but here are a few thoughts from me. First [...]

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Toronto Does Social Change

When I finished school work for the degree that’s been my identity for the past six years late last month, I was pretty sure that everything would just come to a halt. I’d wake up leisurely and sip sangria on patios. In other words, that life as I know it would be replaced by summer [...]

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Blogging on Development

I’ve been spending too much time reading other people’s blogs this week than posting, and have also been slightly distracted by something called finishing my degree! Anyway, I wanted to share these great blogs I’ve been reading lately. A lot of them focus on web 2.0 and Africa, but some have a more general focus: [...]

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U.S. versus HIV/AIDS

Last week, the US senate committee on Foreign Relations voted to contribute another $50 billion against HIV/AIDS. PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, has channeled funds to treat and care for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS around the world since its inception five years ago. This renewal of commitment has more than [...]

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Fair Trade?

Yesterday I sat down and watched Black Gold, a movie about Ethiopia and the international coffee trade (its easier to procrastinate my thesis if I am doing other ‘productive’ things in the place of writing). I wish I hadn’t. Not because it wasn’t good, but because it forces me again to question my increasingly frequent [...]

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