• The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) just released detailed final aid figures for 2012. The database is hard to navigate but DAC has provided us with a handy infographic to help us compare donor countries.
  • 2014 set to be a good year for Latin America.
  • New Gallup household income data reveals one in five people worldwide live on less than $1.25 a day.  Sub-Saharan Africa has highest proportion of people living in extreme poverty but China has made gains – proportion of China’s citizens living on less than $1.25 a day fell from 26% in 2007 to 7% in 2012.
  • There are over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and the international aid effort is chronically underfunded.
  • Future Diets, a new publication from the Overseas Development Institute, highlights the dramatic increase in numbers of overweight or obese people in the past 30 years, with the biggest rises in poorer and middle income countries.
  • William Easterly says 'purely technological answers to poverty fall well short of (Jeffrey) Sachs' promises.'
  • What will be the key environmental issues in China in 2014? ChinaDialogue asked some of their contributors for predictions. It's not looking good.
  • Another look at the complexity of the current global debate on aid: interesting review of Ben Ramalingam’s book, Aid on the Edge of Chaos, which applies complexity theory to the art of solving development problems and making aid more efficient.