Why Do We Waste So Much Food in the UK?

Why does the average person waste so much food? See previous post on this topic – Stats on Food Waste in the UK According to the WRAP (2012) survey two reasons account for 80% of food wasted in the home – Just under half of avoidable food and drink waste (worth £5.6 billion) was classified […]

Exploring the reasons for Rwanda’s unusually high degree of gender equality

Rwanda makes an interesting case study of a developing nation which appears to have atypically high levels of gender equality. It ranks no 7 in the Gender Empowerment Index, just behind the Nordic countries, and actually has a higher proportion of girls enrolled in education than boys (97% compared to 95%). Given that East and North […]

A summary of The End of Poverty Chapter Eight – The Voiceless Dying: Africa and Disease

A summary of The End of Poverty Chapter Eight – The Voiceless Dying: Africa and Disease I’ve just finished re-reading this – It mainly focusses on how Malaria and AIDs have prevented development in Sub-Saharan Africa and what can be done about it – basically a precursor to the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals. […]

Putting Ebola in Perspective (along with other preventable causes of death in West Africa)

This is just a quick post on the spread of Ebola… Can’t really not do something on this when you teach health and development….. The spread of Ebola As of 7th November 2014 there have been 13268 confirmed cases of Ebola and almost 5000 deaths from Ebola, spread across Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, with […]

‘Summary’ of Why Nations Fail

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty (2013) by D. Acemoglu and J.A. Robinson Overall Summary… Developed countries are wealthy because of ‘inclusive economic institutions’ – Basically a combination of state and free market in which The state creates incentives for people to invest and innovate – (through guaranteeing private property rights […]

TTIP – Putting Profit before People

The government is about to sign up to a treaty which will would allow companies like Sports Direct (just a random example) to sue a future government for increasing the minimum wage, if introducing such a policy damaged corporate profits. The treaty’s called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – And it’s seems to be […]

Cuba – A Development Success Story?

Cuba’s a good case study of  Socialist Model of Development that seems to have worked more effectively than most of the nel-liberal experiments in Latin America…. Today, Cuba’s HDI stats look like this…. Human Development Index Ranking 59 Health Life expectancy at birth (years) 79.3 Education Mean years of schooling (of adults) (years) 10.2 Income […]

The World Wealth Report 2013

  The World Wealth Report reports on trends in the wealth of HNWIs – Or High Net Wealth Individuals. These are individuals with $1million or more in investable assets. You have to sign up to be able to download the report, but its free. (Thankyee for the crust kind sirs, doffs cap…)  Between 2011-12, the […]

UK Tourism – Suggests globalisation is exaggerated?

  According to World Bank data, more people visit abroad from the UK than from any other country other than China.   The thing is, we don’t tend to travel that far from home!   According the ONS 2012 Travel Trends the number of visits abroad by UK residents was 56.5 million, broadly equivalent to one […]