• Last week's $879 million cut to Australian foreign aid saw a quick reaction from aid groups, who were 'deeply dismayed', as well as rival political parties who were 'appalled' by the decision. Read Stephen Howes' analysis here.
  • No, war doesn't have to equal rape. Good blog post on latest research concerning sexualised violence.
  • Concerning: the UK is now the most unequal country in the West, comparable to Nigeria.
  • Personal blog post from aid worker Andrew MacLeod on why the government should continue to support the Mandala Foundation, which provides support services to returned Australian aid workers.
  • Watch the Lowy Institute's Jenny Hayward Jones' discussion with Marshall Islands Minister, Senator Tony de Brum, on the climate challenges facing his country.
  • Rethinking US foreign assistance: ideas for reforming USAID (not rocket science but interesting).
  • Another brilliant graph from Hans Rosling plotting lifespan and per capita income. Click on the 'play' button to track countries' development since 1800.
  • Jaunty little animation from UNICEF, during #breastfeedingweek, about finding ten square metres of space to support nursing mothers.