to Simon Maxwell, Director, Overseas Development Institute, London.
27 July 2000
...It was good to talk the other day...I would be very keen to talk further about possibilities for independent policy work, based on a rehumanising of economics.
What I would like to do is get data which reflects the life courses of individuals, then present this to policy-makers and the public in terms that relate to what we value in our own lives - e.g...we think it's worse to lose a child than to lose our job...
projections for 2015 must surely be incorporating something over 100 million
If these people die, the income figures look a lot better.
It's possible to say how many people might die early given certain policies. One catalyst for this approach could be "we need a rethink due to HIV and the digital divide".
I hope what I'm talking about here amounts to concentrating on real (blindingly obvious) facts that get obscured.