How is the Syria situation changing on the ground, after 4 years of fighting?

Went to a fascinating briefing on Oxfam’s work in the Syria crisis last week, which set out the underlying trends and the evolving challenges for aid agencies, beyond the periodic TV news bang bang coverage.. The numbers are stark: Total of 18 million people in need of humanitarian assistance inside and outside Syria – including…

By Duncan Green May 29, 2015 1

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Lots of people in Financing for Development mode in the run up to the Addis summit: Finance flows to Africa: From 1990-2012, total rose from $20bn to $120bn; Aid as % of total fell from 62% to 22% Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; Silk Road Fund; BRICS Bank: how China is transforming global development finance UK…

By Duncan Green May 26, 2015 0

Is ‘give them land rights’ enough? Taking the temperature of the global land debate

A bunch of students and academics from Sheffield University had what sounds like a fun time at last week’s big global meeting on land. George Barrett, Yoshabel Durand, Tom Goodfellow, Vremudia Irikefe, Mikael Omstedt, Edward Searight, Julie Shi, Deborah Sporton and Nguyen Vo report back. Last week, dispersed among 700 participants at the International Land Coalition’s…

By Duncan Green May 22, 2015 5

Oh dear. Another unreadable European Report on Development. Good stats on finance (FFD) though.

Here I go again. Sorry. Europe is home to some of the world’s most interesting and innovative research and action on aid and development, littered with smart thinktanks, thoughtful academics, and reflective practitioners. So it would be great to create some kind of intellectual counterweight to the US-based dominance of the World Development Report and…

By Duncan Green May 20, 2015 8

What can we learn from a great example of high speed policy response to the Nepal Earthquake?

For a while, I’ve been arguing that policy wonks need to grab the windows of opportunity created by shocks, scandals and crises, producing reactions, research and proposals in the immediate aftermath of such a ‘critical juncture’. For example, we know there are going to be floods in Somerset or Pakistan at some point in the…

By Duncan Green May 19, 2015 1

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The only possible response is ‘thankyou to all involved’ for this wonderful pic (coming soon to a powerpoint near you) [h/t Damian Hughes] To end extreme poverty, we must also address extreme affluence.’ Advice from some dangerous radicals (aka faith leaders) on how to end poverty Economics is reinventing itself as an empirical discipline, argues…

By Duncan Green May 18, 2015 0