New research shows that a US Republican policy is increasing rates of abortion by forty percent in 26 African countries. It is a bitter irony that the policy is designed to starve NGOS which offer advice on abortion or help for policymakers in making evidence-based decisions about abortion services. “Decisions made in Washington DC have … [Read more...] about The global gag rule does not stop abortions. It does the opposite.
UPDATED WITH INTERNATIONAL REACTIONS The Financing for Development meeting ended last night in Addis Ababa with the UK Secretary of State for Development hailing it as "a historic international deal that takes us beyond aid." Justine Greening went on to say, "It is the first ever agreement that allows us to harness private sector investment and … [Read more...] about The Addis deal that will “turbo charge development”
The 2013 Commitment to Development Index (CDI) is out. The ranking, from the Center for Global Development, aims to say which rich countries have the overall best policies on development and which the worst. Unlike other indices, it doesn't just look at overseas development assistance ("aid") but at six other aspects of policy including technology, … [Read more...] about Which rich countries are best and worst in the way they treat poor countries?
Afghanistan receives far more aid than any other single country. One of a striking series of graphics from the OECD (the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development which is made up of most of the richest countries in the world) shows where overseas development assistance is going. "Donor darlings", as the OECD caption calls the biggest … [Read more...] about If you think aid changes things, you should move to Afghanistan while you can