In development, we often end up focusing on photogenic problems tackled head-on, overlooking much better, indirect solutions.


Bjorn Lomborg

Learning from Bill Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates just released their annual news- letter, in which they zero in on three specific investment areas for Warren Buffett's $30 billion pledge: vaccination, contraception, and nutrition. These are excellent priorities: Copenhagen Consensus research shows that each dollar spent in these areas generates a return worth $45-120.
Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in five languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including Arab News (Saudi Arabia), New Vision (Uganda), Myanmar Times, The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), The Daily Star (Lebanon), La Nacion (Costa Rica), Jornal de Negocios (Portugal), Times of Oman and Digi 24 (Romania).

China's "green leap forward"?

Excitement crackled through the environmental movement when China recently announced spending of $360 billion on green energy through 2020. But the country is still far from becoming a "green giant". China is a coal-reliant nation, and renewable energy will meet only a fraction of its energy needs for decades to come. Lomborg explains in Wall Street Journal that China is less of a green success, and more of a cautionary tale that switching to green energy before it is competitive is incredibly hard.

If foreign aid is to work, don't throw money around blindly

A new report by spending watchdog the National Audit Office has generated concern about UK foreign aid by revealing that allegations of fraud have risen more than four-fold in five years.

In Britain's highest-circulating newspaper The Telegraph, Lomborg makes a strong case for informing development choices with cost-benefit analysis.
Not only would this provide a defence against claims that too much money is being spent: economic data would show that each pound is achieving the most that it could.
A similar article focussing on the blind spots in development was published throughout Latin America, including Milenio (Mexico).

An alternative development plan for Haiti

Copenhagen Consensus is launching a major new research project, Haïti Priorise, that aims to identify the most promising responses to social and development challenges in Haiti, with financial support from the Canadian Government.

Over the next weeks, we are releasing new research papers written by top Haitian and international scholars, which explore a vast range of different policy options for the nation. All research findings will be published together with the country's biggest newspaper, Le Nouvelliste. The first article introducing the project is also available in English language on Lomborg's LinkedIn.

Making the SDGs smarter

Until 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals will influence more than $2.5 trillion in development aid and trillions more meant to help reduce poverty, hunger and disease, and improve education and the environment.

Bjorn Lomborg writes in Bangladesh's biggest English-language newspaper The Daily Star that Bangladesh, along with all other nations, now has to decide where to spend scarce resources to do the most good.

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Oxfam har fel om ojämlikheten
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US deaths from lightning 1900-2016 down to almost nothing, thanks to wealth and urbanization

Tariffs harm the poorest the most

Green energy subsidy cut means 95% fall in investment

EU must shut all coal plants by 2030 to meet Paris climate pledges

US suicide highest in 3 decades

Birth month influences likelihood of different diseases

About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to improve the environment and the world, and has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 public intellectuals.

He is the author of several best-selling books, an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School and works regularly with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world’s "Top 25 Environmental Think Tanks".

Lomborg is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN, FOX, and the BBC. His monthly column is published in 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.
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