UNU-WIDER from the editor's desk: from the editor's desk.

Author:Addison, Tony
Position:United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research - Editorial

As we come to the end of November, the snow has yet to arrive in Helsinki. We continue to enjoy clear skies and spectacular sunsets across the calm Baltic, but we are losing two minutes of light every day as we head towards the shortest day of the year.

So with winter almost upon us, it is a good time to take stock. In this month's Angle, we return to global trade governance, with Part 2 of Alisa DiCaprio's article. Lucy Scott focuses on Bangladesh's achievements and challenges. Lucy and I also pick out some messages for the high-level aid meeting takeing place in Busan, South Korea. And I reflect further on the currency wars, after my first piece on this topic in last month's Angle. Readers will see me repeatedly returning to currencies in 2012 as there is no shortage of excitement, especially in the eurozone.

For those in Busan, our working paper series has some key reading material, just out. Channing Arndt and Christian Friis Bach (who is the new Danish development minister) assess the role of aid and other finance in tackling climate challenge. Peter Heller gets his telescope out to map some future scenarios for aid and the donor community. Nicola Banks looks at donors' support for urban poverty reduction (which, arguably, needs to be higher up their list of priorities). Thierry Kangoye asks whether foreign aid promotes democracy. And with the Arab Spring commanding everyone's attention, Jane Harrigan discusses the political economy of aid in the Middle East and North Africa, past and present. All these papers are from our ReCom project, a partnership between UNU-WIDER, Danida and Sida to explore what works in aid, and what could work better...

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