Bi-weekly roundup

  • On the tensions (contradictions) between corporate philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and other behaviors of multinational corporations, the NYT discusses how Coke and Pepsi Give Millions to Public Health, Then Lobby Against It.
  • Last week, Maxwell hosted John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR has just published a report on Corruption in Conflict  – Lessons from Afghanistan which includes many themes we will cover in our sessions on Governance, Fragile States, and on US Bilateral Aid – from the tensions between political, development, and security objectives, to the difficulties of ensuring coordination and cooperation between development, defense, and diplomatic agencies. Video available here.
  • For another take on country ownership – we could call it local ownership rather than government ownership – the Washington Post has an article urging people to donate money in Haiti to local rather than international organizations. And Alonso sends along a book on “Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid“, that criticizes the current aid system and encourages more genuine local, bottom-up participation in development and aid (intro page here).
  • And the Guardian reports that foreign aid has come under attack by the new UK government – threatening what seemed to be a strong consensus on the value of UK aid. Another bilateral aid agency under threat?
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