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22 Nov2017

The R&D Road to Development

Published by Project Syndicate

When famine strikes, governments and international donors step in with life-saving aid. And rich countries give more than $130 billion each year not only to feed the starving, but also to build crucial infrastructure and reduce gaps in access to education, health care, and clean water and sanitation worldwide. All of this is vitally important. But one of the most powerful investments the development community could make is not in today’s problems, but in research that will address tomorrow’s challenges. A dollar spent on research and development has been shown consistently to deliver some of...

21 Nov2017

Development talks - Fighting poverty in the most effective way

Published by Sida Sverige

"In 2017, Sida - Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete will spend around 20 billion SEK on aid, with the mission to reduce poverty and help people to improve their lives. Different kinds of interventions are funded to reach this goal, but how do we know that poverty is being fought in the most effective way? What drives the decisions leading up to what to prioritize, and how can we ensure more "bang for the buck"?" This the was the topic of a talk given by Bjorn Lomborg for Sida in November or 2017.

18 Nov2017

Sluta beröm politiker som lovar sånt som 1,5 grader

Published by Svenska Dagbladet

Politiker bör inte applåderas för att de säger sådant som låter trevligt, utan när de är beredda att genomdriva politik som har riktig effekt. Statsvetaren Bjørn Lomborg i Elvakaffet om hur man hjälper regeringar att få ut mest effekt för pengarna, det problematiska med orealistiska mål, om kritiken han får från sina motståndare och varför världen tveklöst kommer att vara en bättre plats om 20 år. Om gästen: Bjørn Lomborg är forskare, författare och grundare och chef för tankesmedjan Copenhagen Consensus Center. Han är också gästprofessor på handelshögskolan i Köpenhamn. Copenhagen Consensus...

13 Nov2017

Teraz nawet akceptujących zmianę klimatu nazywa się “negacjonistami

Published by Liszty z naszego sadu

Al Gore wdał się niedawno w wiele mówiącą sprzeczkę z dziennikarzem. Ross Clark ze „Spectatora” chciał spytać go o podnoszenie się poziomu wód morza w Miami, sugerowane w jego nowym filmie “An Inconvenient Sequel”. Dziennikarz zaczął wyjaśniać, że konsultował się z specjalistą w kwestii poziomu morza z Florida International University, Shimonem Wdowinskim. Gore odpowiedział: “Nigdy o nim nie słyszałem – czy jest negacjonistą?” A potem zapytał dziennikarza: „Czy pan jest negacjonistą?” Kiedy Clark odpowiedział, że jest pewien, że zmiana klimatu jest problemem, ale nie wie, jak dużym, Gore...

9 Nov2017

I costi, non solo sociali, della sottomissione femminile

Published by Il Sole 24 Ore

Nella lotteria della vita, nascere femmina in un Paese povero ti pone in una condizione di doppio svantaggio. Nei Paesi poveri le donne sono il gruppo demografico che presenta la maggiore incidenza globale di povertà, oltre alle peggiori condizioni di salute, il minor accesso all’istruzione e la più alta probabilità di essere vittime di violenza. La disuguaglianza di genere – sotto forma di esclusione dal lavoro e salari più bassi – costa al mondo il 15,5% del Pil. Negare alle donne l’opportunità di sviluppare le proprie potenzialità, per le società significa rinunciare al loro contributo...

2 Nov2017

The Green Opportunity: Having our cake and eating it too

Published by National Post

The concept of trade-offs has become unfashionable. Politicians around the world like to pretend that their choices will bring us nothing but superlative benefits. Nowhere is this whitewashing more pervasive or accepted than in climate change. There is a prevalent, comforting notion that we can have our cake and eat it too: that cutting carbon need not involve financial sacrifice. We hear this rhetoric so often that we almost don’t notice it. In announcing plans to make the UK a global hub for “green finance,” the British minister of state for climate change and industry Claire Perry said, “...

30 Oct2017

It’s impossible to meet all 169 SDG targets. Choose wisely

Published by Hindustan Times

This week, government representatives and policy experts from south and south-west Asia will gather in Kathmandu to discuss the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This is a set of targets that determines how much of national governments’ and the international development community’s budgets will be spent between now and 2030. Since the targets were passed in 2015, policy-makers are finding it difficult to deliver the extensive list of 169 different well-meaning ambitions at once. The sustainable development agenda was the result of a well-meaning but...

28 Oct2017

Digital Solutions Can Help Even The Poorest Nations Prosper

Published by Wired

Among the spending choices for governments of poorer nations, kick-starting the technological revolution may at first seem like a low priority. Compared with critical infrastructure, healthcare, or schools, improved digital access and less waiting times for birth certificates feel like luxuries that should come further down the road, or perhaps be left to private enterprise. But there is reason to rethink this. Fast economic growth is the best way to reduce poverty. A recent Tufts University study found that digitization is one of the biggest drivers of a nation’s economic success. The report...

26 Oct2017

Dar mais poder às meninas

Published by Negócios

Não existem remédios rápidos para a desigualdade de género, mas uma coisa é certa: nem todos os esforços são igualmente bons ou suportados por dados rigorosos. Na lotaria da vida, nascer mulher num país pobre é uma dupla desvantagem. As mulheres dos países pobres têm a maior incidência global de pobreza entre todos os grupos demográficos, juntamente com as piores condições de saúde, o menor acesso à educação e a maior probabilidade de ser vítima de violência.

22 Oct2017

How to avoid the political pitfalls of carbon taxes

Published by The Globe and Mail

A carbon tax is much discussed as a solution to climate change. It is simple and straightforward: a climate price tag makes industry and consumers take into account the implicit negative effects of their actions, whether it is the aircraft fuel for a vacation, or fossil fuels for food fertilizers or to heat and cool a home. I have argued for a well-designed carbon tax for more than a decade. But five important caveats, almost universally breached by politicians, affect the likelihood of such a policy working. First, a carbon tax has to be uniform across the entire economy. Saving one tonne of...