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Deconstructing resilience; savage v fragile; China's flashmob breastfeeders; Africans in the Diaspora; I'm a (Welsh) prof; Why Tories love aid; hierarchies of misery: links I liked

October 22, 2012
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OxfamAmerica wonk Gawain Kripke unpacks the latest devt fuzzword, resilience http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2012/10/19/thoughts-on-resilience-as-organizing-focus/
For ‘savage’ read ‘fragile states’. Changing development terminology 1821->2012 http://nyudri.org/2012/10/18/new-historical-discovery-the-change-in-development-terminology-from-1821-to-2012/
Flashmob breastfeeding in China (inspired by a similar action in Manchester), take on bottlefeeding + caesarean culture http://www.danwei.com/the-year-of-the-breastfeeding-flash-mob-in-china-a-fathers-account/
Project Umubano – is this the reason the Tories have stuck to the UK’s aid promises? http://www.conservatives.com/Get_involved/Project_Umubano.aspx
Africans in the Diaspora (AiD). Exciting new initiative http://www.aviewfromthecave.com/2012/10/activating-diaspora-for-development.html
OK, don’t laugh, but Cardiff University have appointed (annointed?) me as an Honorary (that means no $) Professor of International Development in their Planning and Geography Department (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/cplan/about-us/staff/duncan-green). They want me to help beef up their development studies work (one of the few Masters courses that is oversubscribed, apparently), give occasional lectures, and help develop joint research collaborations with Oxfam. And no, I didn’t write the blurb…..
Hmm, what do you think of this ad? Clever and effective, or politically dodgy to ridicule the first world and say ‘the only real problems are those of poor people’?
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Top OxfamAmerica wonk Gawain Kripke unpacks the latest ubiquitous development fuzzword – ‘resilience

For ‘savage’ read ‘fragile states’. Changing development terminology 1821->2012

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Flashmob breastfeeding in China (inspired by a similar action in Manchester). Women challenge bottlefeeding + caesarean culture

Africans in the Diaspora (AiD). Exciting new initiative

OK, don’t laugh, but Cardiff University have appointed (annointed?) me as an Honorary (that means no $) Professor of International Development in their Planning and Geography Department. They want me to help beef up their development studies work (one of their most popular Masters courses, apparently), give occasional lectures, and help develop joint research collaborations with Oxfam. And no, I didn’t write the blurb…..

Wherever I go outside the UK, I end up trying to explain why our right-wing, austerity-obsessed government is increasing aid, despite the sustained hostility of the Daily Mail. Is Project Umubano the equivalent of Sandinista coffee brigades for the Left? Here are some prominent Tories explaining for themselves, c/o Save the Children [h/t Alex Evans]

Hmm, what do you think of this ad? Clever and effective, or politically dodgy to ridicule the first world and say ‘the only real problems are those of poor people’?

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