‘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 […]

Perspectives on the April 2013 Bangladesh Factory Collapse

The recent factory collapse in Bangladesh in which over 1100 workers died makes this the second worst industrial accident in world history – after the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India. For Sociology students studying Global Development this is a good example that seems to offer broad support for the continued relevance of dependency theory. One article […]

Adidas – still responsible for sweat shop labour in Cambodia

Garment workers’ unions and human rights groups recently held a people’s tribunal in Feburary to investigate the state of povery pay in the Cambodia garment industry.  The tribunal called for evidence from a wide variety of stakeholders  including over 200 workers who work for factories manufacturing clothes for Adidas and Puma. All of this follows […]

A summary and criticism of Dambisa Moyo’s assertions in Dead Aid

In this blog post I summarise Dambisa Moyo’s views on the problems with Aid as a strategy for development – she is talking about Official Development Aid rather than Emergency relief aid. I’m mainly drawing from her writing at the end of chapter 3 and the whole of chapter 4 – and I offer up […]

Why I’m running a half marathon to raise money for Water Aid

Water Aid works in 23 countries in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, with a total of 606 staff. Its mission is to ‘transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities’ To give you an idea of what water aid does – watch this video According to this 2010-11 annual […]

A Brief History of International Development Aid

I’m in the middle of writing a critique of Dambisa Moyo’s Dead Aid – mainly because the book uses highly selective evidence to promote neo0liberal ideology – but I will concede that the way Moyo conceptualises the history of development aid from the 1940s is a fairly useful teaching tool for A level Global Development – so here’s a brief summary […]

I run half marathon, therefore you give money to water aid

No I don’t see the logical connection between running half marathons and donating to charity either, but its tradition, so why not just do it! I am actually running the Brighton half marathon at the end of February – In the time it takes me run it, 250 people would have died due to lack of access to […]

Statistical Overview of the Food Crisis – useful links

  What with the UK news focussing on the riots and the financial crisis, you may also have missed the fact that 12.5 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and other countries in the region. The World Food Programme has put together a very useful web site  to provide information […]

Global Giving – Ebay meets Global Development

Half Term – means i’ve got time to discover all those things I really should’ve known about years ago – I just listened to a great podcast of an interview with William Easterly, I am much more sympathetic to his views than when I saw him speak at LSE last year – anyways, he plugged […]