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This is a conversational blog written and maintained by Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB and author of ‘From Poverty to Power’. This personal reflection is not intended as a comprehensive statement of Oxfam's agreed policies.

Is Meritocracy the new Aristocracy? And the 11 Tricks that Elites use to capture Politics.

My Oxfam colleague and regular FP2P contributor Max Lawson (right) sends out a weekly summary of his reading on inequality (he leads Oxfam’s advocacy work on it). They’re great, and Max has opened his mailing list up to the anyone who’s interested – just email max.lawson@oxfam.org, with ‘subscribe’ in the subject line. Here’s his latest effort, covering two issues:…

By Duncan Green December 11, 2018 3

Links I Liked

One more week to apply for a new job working with me to take this blog up a level, source lots of great content from southern authors etc. Details here (16th December deadline). How Change Happens now available in Chinese These motor cycle gangs are getting out of hand. Ht The Filling Station Tom Baker risks…

By Duncan Green December 10, 2018 2

How does Localization work on the ground? Podcast with Evans Onyiego and video of his work in Northern Kenya

On the margins of the localization discussion I covered yesterday, I grabbed a few minutes to interview Evans Onyiego. Evans runs a local Caritas office in Maralal, in Northern Kenya, where the Church is playing a big role in trying to rebuild trust between ethnic groups and communities whose traditional rivalries have been turbo-charged by the…

By Duncan Green December 7, 2018 0

Localization in Aid – why isn’t it happening? What to do about it?

Spent two days this week discussing ‘Localization in Conflict Settings’. The subject is littered with aid jargon, but important – how does the humanitarian system ‘transfer power and resources’ to ‘local actors’ rather than outsiders insisting on running the whole thing (badly) themselves? It was organized by Saferworld and Save the Children Sweden to help…

By Duncan Green December 6, 2018 2

Links I Liked

An inspired adbuster transformed some racist graffiti in Walthamstow, London, into something a lot more welcoming. Ht Ellie Levenson What Do African Aid Recipients Think of Charity Ads? How to run a ‘book sprint‘ that enables a group of authors to write a book in 3-5 days Bangladesh’s gender wage gap is the lowest in…

By Duncan Green December 3, 2018 0