Change in the UK and decolonizing Academia – round up (14m) of FP2P posts wb 13th January

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Book Review: From What is to What If, by Rob Hopkins

Some books engage and challenge you both emotionally and intellectually, making you feel uncomfortable. You end up arguing with them in your head. A lot. From What is to What If is just such a book, and I really benefited from the argument. In 180 sweetly written pages, Rob Hopkins, environmentalist and founder of the […]

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Is Community Wealth Building a solution to local deprivation in poor countries as well as the UK?

Recently, I’ve been reading up a bit about social change in the UK – I’m wondering if I should embark on some kind of ‘How Change Happens on my doorstep’ project. The stuff I’m finding is both familiar and different to what I’m used to. Take Community Wealth Building, for example, which is all the […]

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Links I Liked

Working from Home, ht The New Yorker Ten humanitarian crises and trends to watch in 2020 ‘The retreat of charisma from humanitarian organizations is a challenge for us all’. Hugo Slim brilliant on the bureaucratization of humanitarian aid How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang. LSE Impact blog’s most read post of the decade. Please welcome […]

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Can DFID survive? 2019 in review + other FP2P posts. Audio round up for w/b 6th Jan

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How to stop the Foreign Office gobbling up DFID?

File under ‘sounds boring, but is really important’: sources inside the UK Department for International Development (DFID) recently told the Guardian that they fully expect the department to be merged with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) after Brexit (end of this month), as part of a wider effort to slim down government and in […]

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The Year in Africa

If you don’t receive ‘This Week in Africa’, check it out – it’s an amazing and wide-ranging round up of links put together by Jeff (American) and Phil (Zimbabwean) and hosted by the University of San Francisco. And their annual version is even better. Their 2019 summary is way too long for a blog, so […]

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Top FP2P posts for 2019 and the decade + reader stats

I always start the year with stats and most-read posts from the previous 12 months, but guess we better add a ‘best of the decade’ section this time. Yep, FP2P has been going since the noughties – the first post went up in July 2008. WordPress tells me that 2,757 posts have been published to […]

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World according to Ha-Joon Chang; Can INGOs give up power? Audio summary of FP2P posts, w/b 16th December

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What if families & friends are the main source of Social Protection?

Most discussion about ‘social protection’ focusses on programmes run by aid donors or governments, but that misses out on an awful lot. Some of my LSE students are doing a project for Oxfam on ‘informal forms of social protection’ – what families and communities are doing to build their resilience against shocks (accidents, unemployment, crop […]

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Data-driven problem solving in Myanmar: Working politically with technology

Please take the reader survey – FP2P is changing fast and we need your feedback and advice – two minutes, honest! Guest post from Ange Moray, David Ney and Nicola Nixon, of The Asia Foundation A central conundrum in the digital age is that the potential for technological solutions to fast-track social and economic development is […]

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Economics for People: check out this free online lecture series from Ha-Joon Chang

Please take the reader survey – FP2P is changing fast and we need your feedback and advice! ‘Ha-Joon Chang Thought’ is rapidly becoming A Thing. The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) has just released ‘Economics for People’, a set of 12 lectures by Ha-Joon, who teaches at Cambridge and manages to have rock star status […]

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