If you only read one thing this week…


The perils of unregulated trade and globalisation by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek

If you only read one thing on globalisation this week, Scott London’s interview with Jerry Mander, one of the most articulate and outspoken critics of technology and economic globalization, is worth a look. His books include Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, In the Absence of the Sacred, and The Case Against the Global Economy (co-edited with Edward Goldsmith). “In this interview, Mander makes a forceful case against economic globalization, arguing that we need to examine the hidden costs of free trade and deregulation and search for more enlighened economic models to guide us into the twenty-first century“. Read it here.



Linking HIV Infection and Marriage by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
August 30, 2007, 11:53 pm
Filed under: Articles, If you only have 15 mins

The American Journal of Public Health has just published a study discussing and analyzing the relationship between marriage and HIV infection. For those of you who don’t have the time or inclination to read the full article, the Center for American Progress has an interesting analysis of the report. I liked the way in which it scientifically articulated an unease that many of us have felt in the ABC-exclusive approach and it highlights many of the flaws in that system. For example – if the message is promoted that the HIV infection is spread through infidelity, then it can make it harder for women in marriages to ask their husbands to wear condoms as this implies distrust in their husbands. I found the article really enlightening and thanks to Jess for highlighting it.



Remittances during crises by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
August 30, 2007, 5:53 pm
Filed under: Articles, Development theory, If you only have 15 mins

The Feinstein International Famine Center and the Institute for the Study of International Migration is publishing a short paper on remittances in crises in the Humanitarian Policy Group here.

It highlights the ways in which money sent by expatriates to crisis affected areas are an important part of local capacities, and discusses ways in which interventions can leverage this resource.



A literature review of critiques of the Bottom of the Pyramid by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
August 30, 2007, 3:41 pm
Filed under: Articles, Development theory, If you only have 15 mins

Nancy E Landrum, writing in Strategic Management Review, reviews the literature (both the theoretical, and the empirical studies) that support and criticize the ideas laid out in ‘The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (Prahalad, 2005). She points out that little evidence exists for the benefit to the poor of Prahad’s approach outside India, with many people pointing out that the conditions in India (where most of Prahad’s work was done) potentially make transferability difficult. She goes on to examine evidence around the size of the BOP market, the suitability of MNCs to engage with the BOP, issues of marketing to the BOP, and whether alleviation of poverty really takes place with these approaches.

You can read the paper here, and her suggested further reading at Enterprise for a Sustainable World here.