Despite reports that incoming White House staff found their new digs in the technological dark ages the official White House website has undergone something of an Obama makeover (and in a clear sign that my computer is way behind the times, it still doesn't recognize "Obama" in its outdated Microsoft spellchecker).
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Eldis, the online aggregator of development policy, practice and research at the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex, is conducting a survey to identify "the most significant new piece of development research of 2008." This strikes me as having roughly the same statistical validity as American Idol does for when it comes to finding new singing talent. Still, as with Idol and other talent shows, the entertainment value of a popularity contest is hard to dispute!
The wheels of change can move exceedingly slowly at the multilateral institutions but from time to time they do indeed turn.
In January 2004, inspired by an excellent report of the IMF's Independent Evaluation Office entitled Fiscal Adjustment in IMF-Supported Programs, I wrote a letter to the IMF’s then managing director, Horst Kohler.
From Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address:
“To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you. . . . And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders, nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect.”
What is it going to take to get the World Bank to change course on renewable energy? Here at the Center we’ve been trying to help get the bank to be more aggressive on renewables for nearly a year. But inertia is a powerful force, and despite shifts in thinking by individual bank staff, the institution itself is still moving very slowly. But what if a major client and a competitor joined forces on renewables?
India and China are the dominant -- and in many cases sole -- suppliers of active pharmaceutical ingredients and other raw materials for many life-saving drugs needed by U.S. patients, reports Monday's New York Times.
The following commentary originally appeared on the impressive new global news site, GlobalPost
The world has colossal expectations for incoming President Barack Obama and for changes in U.S. foreign policy. However, the new administration’s approach to Africa will almost certainly be marked more by continuity than change. And that's good news for Africa -- and America.
Development was a prominent theme in Tuesday's Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of State–designate.
The World Health Organization got it right.
Next week the WHO Executive Board will meet to discuss a new code of practice for health worker recruitment. Initially I was sure that this would include urging limits or bans on recruitment from most developing countries, as the code of practice for the British National Health Service does.
Steven Chu, who faces confirmation hearings in the Senate today, is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on renewable energy. But less known is the fact that he presents the United States with a unique opportunity to make progress in its ongoing dialogue with China on climate change (see for example this commentary on UPI Asia).