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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, ''Mountain Few''

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Click here to view a clip entitled, "Mountain Few - The Money Oscars at Davos," from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  It draws on an Oxfam report about inequality.  More specifically, it references a recently published statistic that 85 of the richest people have as much combined wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people.

Enrique Mendizabal, ''What is the point of the development sector?: Unmediated support is the future''

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I gave a speech at the ACFID Universities Network’s conference in Sydney in late November that challenge the need for an Aid, or Development, Sector.

This is not a word for word account of that speech but rather an edited version of it, written afterwards, and with the support of very useful comments provided by some of the participants.

There was also a pre-confernce heated debate with some ACFID staff members at the famous BBQ King over delicious crispy duck. So I thank them for that.

The point of my speech, an idea that is still ‘work in progress’, was to argue that the development sector, the aid industry, has developed into such a separate sector, sometimes claiming to be a profession and a discipline, that now bears little resemblance with other sectors and professions from where it should (or at least did) draw its legitimacy. As a consequence, international development policies are not designed and implemented by, say, education, public health or energy experts, as would be expected in developed and developing countries alike, but by a motley crew of individuals who have little more than the study and knowledge of ‘the aid industry’ to claim as their expertise.

I say this knowing that it is a bit of a generalisation but I still feel that many of the most prolific ‘development experts’ would not be trusted with policy in their own countries but are still free to logframethe lives of millions around the world.

Poverty to Power, ''Working for the Few''

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Poverty to Power, ''Working for the Few: Top new report on the links between politics and inequality"

As the world’s self-appointed steering committee gathers in Davos, 2014 is already shaping up as a big year for inequality. The World Economic Forum’s ‘Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014’ ranks widening income disparities as the second greatest worldwide risk in the coming 12 to 18 months (Middle East and North Africa came top, since [...]

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Duncan Green
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