The idea that the fight against poverty needs to put women and girls at the top of the agenda has been gaining traction in recent years. This has been a long slog, boosted by the advocacy of people like Sheryl WuDunn and Nick Kristof, the authors of the terrific ‘Half The Sky’. Equally important has […]
Tony Blair’s New Life
Tony Blair’s new life as a philanthrocapitalist is getting into full swing. On July 5th, the former British prime minister launched a report calling on the world’s biggest economies to embrace available technological solutions to climate change. The report, produced in partnership with the Climate Group, a business-backed organisation campaigning for action to counter global […]
Holidays in the Sun?
“Cheap holidays….in other peoples’ misery!” screams Johnny Rotten at the start of the Sex Pistols song Holidays in the Sun. Aid sceptic Bill Easterly seems to think that the Millennium Villages project, the brainchild of his sparring partner and aid champion Jeffrey Sachs, has gone beyond the pale by apparently taking the Sex Pistols’ message to […]
Purpose Driven President
While we are on the subject of the new American President, it was interesting that Barack Obama was willing to court controversy by giving the high-profile job of praying for him at his inauguration to Rick Warren. This choice caused no end of controversy ahead of what proved an uncontroversial prayer, Warren’s pro-life and anti-gay-marriage […]