Once again, our roundup starts with something topical (Coronavirus), this time highlighting how the UK Department for health is helping countries prepare for and respond to health outbreaks, courtesy of my colleagues at itad.
Next, those who like the big picture will enjoy this analysis of global ODA flows 2018, which contains hope (more aid is targeting climate challenges) as well as despair (how little US, French and German aid targets gender). We thank the excellent staff over at development initiatives for this one.
A real treat for the academics amongst you, with Thomas Piketty speaking at the LSE about his latest book (Capital and Ideology), once again challenging the notion that inequality is either inevitable or necessary. The kind folk over at LSE have given us both a podcast, and live video recording.
For a some inspiration, we turn to Bill and Melinda Gates, who share their 2020 annual letter. Twenty years after starting their foundation, they’re just as optimistic about the power of innovation to drive progress. A great example of how individuals (albeit slightly wealthier than you or I) can help shape history.
And to round up with something lighter, we turn to Uganda, where amidst all the catastrophe climate change is wreaking, life is getting harder for diviners, rainmakers, and sorcerers. With the unpredictability of climate change, their record of responding to villager requests for rain and sun is being disrupted. Well done to IDS for bringing us local perspectives and practices, so easily lost in the world of big data.
Happy reading to all.