Fortnightly links: tax havens, the localisation debate, maternal deaths, and more

Side event at COP23 (ILO in Asia and the Pacific/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Side event at COP23 (ILO in Asia and the Pacific/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Why do development finance institutions use tax havens, and should they continue to do so?

Dr Larissa Fast writes about overcoming the practitioner-academic gap.

Here in the southern hemisphere we’re used to casting an envious eye north to DFID, and how well it has fared under successive Conservative governments. This fascinating article from Prospect magazine suggests our envy has been misplaced — DFID has its own suite of unenviable woes. Meanwhile ODI’s team of experts have a list of priorities for the new UK Secretary of State for International Development.

WHO has published new guidelines on averting maternal deaths.

Now that Syria has signed on to the Paris Agreement, the US is the only nation remaining outside the treaty, and references to climate change are disappearing from US government websites.

Irwin Loy reports on the localisation debate in the Pacific.

Co-Impact, a new philanthropic effort announced by a group of leading philanthropists (including Bill and Melinda Gates) aims to serve as a new model for philanthropic collaboration, and plans to invest in proven solutions that are ready to scale beyond what individual organisations could do alone, providing them with the kind of support they need to change underlying systems.

Sachini Muller

Sachini Muller is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. She is currently completing a Master of Globalisation at the ANU and her interests lie in research and the aid and development sector, particularly in Asia and the Pacific.

Terence Wood

Terence Wood is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. He heads our program of research into Australian and New Zealand aid. Terence’s research interests include aid policy, the politics of aid, and governance in developing countries. He has recently finished his PhD, studying voter behaviour in the Solomon Islands elections. Prior to commencing PhD study Terence worked for the New Zealand government aid program.

Tara Davda

Tara Davda is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. She has a Masters in International and Development Economics from Crawford School of Public Policy. She has had a range of professional experience overseas, including in Vietnam, India, Bangladesh and most recently with IPC-IG / UNDP Brazil. She provides research support for the Development Policy Centre’s research on PNG, including statistical analysis, writing and survey and fieldwork assistance.

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