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Development and Poverty

Michael Hobbes has a lengthy and absorbing article in The New Republic on international development and poverty alleviation. He laments “big ideas” which, after having succeeded in one place, attract funding, and ultimately fail to deliver on their promises as they are applied to diverse locales. 519 more words

International Aid & The International Development Bill

Hi Everyone, and Welcome to Blog Number Five!

In light of my recent training day with Oxfam I will begin to focus many of my blogs on the campaigns which Oxfam will be involved in this upcoming year.   732 more words

Harper government accused of fattening budget surplus as $125M in foreign aid not spent

OTTAWA — Almost 14% of the money that Canada’s newly amalgamated Foreign Affairs Department planned to spend alleviating poverty in poor countries in the last year has been returned, unspent, to the Finance Department. 601 more words


Pork Barrel Politics: Finding Infrastructure Funding in Foreign Aid

I thought about starting this piece out with a grotesque, gut-wrenching anecdote involving some sort of emotionally disturbing yet realistic account of an Israeli attack on one of the Palestinian settlements. 2,047 more words

Current Events

Stop Trying to Save the World: Big Ideas are Destroying International Development

A close friend just yesterday forwarded an Article to me by Michael Hobbes critiquing international development efforts. I found it very thought provoking — and it is comforting to see someone put into readable words and logic much of what I myself have felt for decades now. 247 more words

International Development

Better Training for Anticorruption Investigators: Another Dull, Boring, Humdrum, Modest, Unimaginative Proposal to Combat Corruption?

U.S. Federal Judge Mark Wolf’s proposal to create an international court for corruption crimes was recently the subject of a briefing organized by a commission of the U.S. 716 more words


Keeping the peace process alive

The last post has been about the EU’s ‘perpetual’ position and argument on the necessity of keeping the peace process alive. People in the region are much less sure about the viability of this idea: 280 more words

European Union