Google announced today it has launched crisis tools to help gather information to do with the devastation wrought by a powerful typhoon in the Philippines. Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) is an active tropical storm that has caused widespread destruction in the Philippines. These tools include Google Person Finder, a web application that allows individuals to post and search for the status of family or friends affected by the disaster.
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Another new case against Foreign Aid. This time from Angus Deaton, an expert on global poverty and foreign aid. In his book ”The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality, published in September 2013, Mr. Deaton declares that foreign aid does more harm than good, it corrupts governments and rarely reaches the poor, he argues that it is high time for the paternalistic West to step away and allow the developing world to solve its own problems.
Angus Deaton is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University. His many books include The Analysis of Household Surveys and Economics and Consumer Behavior. He is a past president of the American Economic Association.I invite you to read the 12 October article from NY Times: A Surprising Case Against Foreign Aid.
Also I share the following 10 Insights on the Book.
“I was disappointed when I learned that the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre has closed its doors, same as Rights and Democracy. The Ottawa’s respected North-South Institute is also in jeopardy. I share the main thoughts from an essay published in Global and Mail and Toronto Star, and summed up at the CIC website: Better Think Tanks, Better Foreign Policy » .
- For decades Canada’s non-governmental sector was weaned on public funds. Despite repeated warning signs.Their outputs feel oddly out of step with today´s global conversations. This lack of innovation has resulted in a loss of talent. Very few Canadian NGOs are contributing to decision-making in the United Nations or involved in public and private discussions underway in the Americas, Africa and Asia, we’re out of the loop.
- A recent global assessment of the top 150 think tanks from around the world includes just two Canadian entities, the Fraser Institute (25) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
- Blame for the closures cannot be laid wholly at the administration’s doorstep. The steady demise of many of Canada’s international non-governmental organizations is also a result of years of dependency and a lack of policy innovation. Foreign policy directives are informed more by ideology than evidence. Authors have brought 5 solutions to spur innovation among Canada’s foreign policy think tanks.
Finally, Canadian experts have find out that innovation, evidence-based policy-making, ICTs are keys to build robust and financially independent think tanks. I hope that Canadian NGOs are willing to be really “international” and join digital conversations as authors have argued.