Fortnightly links: women’s empowerment, rebalancing globalisation, and more

Red Cross medical center, Haiti Earthquake response (Eric Quintero/IFRC/Flicker CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Red Cross medical center, Haiti Earthquake response (Eric Quintero/IFRC/Flicker CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Washington Post writes about a new report which says that the whole idea of ‘women’s empowerment’ is broken.

Here, environmental journalist David Roberts argues that talking about overpopulation is not the solution to overpopulation (or environmental issues).

Jo Chandler reports on the fight against the polio virus.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has an e-briefing on how to generate respect for international humanitarian law, particularly in times of war.

Dani Rodrik, who has the distinction of identifying some of the challenges of globalisation two decades ago, wants to rebalance globalisation, in this paper [pdf] he explains why and how.

Dharma platform is revolutionising data collection in disaster zones, allowing first-responders to act quickly and effectively using up-to-date data.

And finally, following a decade-long debate on the need for a more nuanced approach to benchmarking international poverty, the World Bank has announced two new poverty lines; an upper bound — equivalent to $US 5.50 p/day, and a middle bound — worth $US 3.20 p/day. The move is a welcome development, and will take into account differences in purchasing power across countries.

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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