This comparison between money raised for Pakistan and Haiti’s natural disasters this year is pretty stark. As the graphic above shows, the response to Pakistan’s floods was muted compared with the response to Haiti’s earthquake. The analysis of why this might be has been kicking around for a while, and finds a fresh incarnation today, … More Covering Pakistan’s Floods
Food aid is desperately limited in its effectiveness. It works in only a few places and under very specific circumstances (PDF) – ie in places where there is no food and people are going to die unless they are handed pulses, oil and corn. In many cases there are much more effective ways of helping … More Labels in Peshawar
Pakistan is the sort of place where you might not always want to advertise your links to the US. In the past month, American helicopters have killed two Pakistani soldiers, the CIA has stepped up its drone strikes in the tribal areas and thousands of people have demonstrated against the imprisonment of Aafia Siddiqui. So … More Aid and Security in Pakistan
There has been a lot of coverage of “fake aid camps” here: relief villages that are set up just before the visit of a VIP then whisked away when the politician, diplomat or United Nations official leaves. Last week The News raises the issue in an editorial… Doubts over the manner in which relief activities … More What’s with the fake camps?
You’ve got to respect Baroness Amos. As British High Commissioner to Australia she could have whiled away her days with a spot of tennis followed by gin and tonics on the verandah, occasionally hosting a trade delegation or planning a reception for this winter’s victorious England’s Ashes team. But no. Less than a year into … More Baptism of Fire
I’ve got mixed feelings about celebrity advocacy. It’s great when they use their pulling power to highlight a cause. But, as readers of this blog will know, I have reservations about their impact on Darfur, for example, where instead of creating space for the policy discussion they have become champions of a particular analysis and … More Angelina Jolie Turns Spotlight back to Pakistan